Murder arrest made in Kingman; body was in the garage

Joshua Matthew McCoy

Joshua Matthew McCoy

KINGMAN - A man who allegedly killed another man with a hatchet, wrapped the body in plastic and planned to bury the body under his porch was arrested by Kingman Police Thursday afternoon.

Joshua Matthew McCoy faces a felony charge of second-degree murder.

The investigation began when Kingman Police were informed that a man had been killed during a fight in the 3100 block of North Prescott Street.

Detectives went to the home, talked to McCoy and found a man's body wrapped in plastic in the garage. After obtaining a search warrant, police searched the home.

Here's what investigators reported finding:

• A week ago, McCoy and his girlfriend, who both live in the home, allowed a 61-year-old man to live in their garage while repairing his vehicle. That man reportedly had been removed from a local homeless shelter.

• On July 28, McCoy and the man allegedly fought when McCoy confronted the man about leaving the house.

• During the fight, McCoy allegedly grabbed a hatchet and struck the man's head several times, killing him. He then allegedly wrapped the body in plastic and reportedly planned to bury the man under the porch in his back yard.

The victim's name was not released pending notification of next of kin. He was believed to have been homeless or transient for some time, with no other connection to the Kingman area.

McCoy was booked into the Mohave County jail. Investigators do not believe his girlfriend was involved in the crime.

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