Grand jury indicts man for Kingman hatchet murder
KINGMAN - The Mohave County Grand Jury last week indicted accused murderer Joshua Matthew McCoy, 28, who allegedly used a hatchet to kill a 61-year-old man July 28, on one count of first-degree murder and abandonment of a dead body.
McCoy's girlfriend called Kingman Police to report the man, identified as Gregory Thomas Godsil, a transient, was killed during a fight at the couple's home in the 3100 block of Prescott Street. Detectives obtained a search warrant and say they found Godsil's body encased in plastic in the garage.
McCoy reportedly told deputies he was in the process of digging a hole in his backyard in which to bury the man. The couple reportedly agreed to let Godsil stay at their home after he was kicked out of a local homeless shelter.
The fight allegedly was the result of McCoy asking the man to leave and McCoy is suspected of picking up a hatchet and striking the man several times. The Mohave County Medical Examiner determined he died of multiple sharp force injuries to his head.
Judge Lee Jantzen will arraign McCoy at 8:30 a.m. today.
The grand jury also indicted:
Arthur Loren Kaufelt and Santana Maria Brissette: Conducting a chop shop, transporting a motor vehicle to a chop shop, theft of means of transportation, second-degree burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Judge Steven Conn will arraign them at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Carl Jason Eaves: Theft of means of transportation, aggravated assault, aggravated DUI, first-degree escape, endangerment, resisting arrest and cruelty to animals.
Judge Billy Sipe will arraign him at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Raymond Eugene Periandri: Taking the identity of another, forgery, misconduct involving weapons, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jantzen will arraign him at 8:30 a.m. today.
Steven Mark Snell and Amanda Walker-Wright: Possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Conn will arraign them at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Austin Nashat Diamond: First-degree trafficking in stolen property and theft.
Conn arraigned him Monday.
Diane Lynn Edman: Two separate indictments on failure to register as a sex offender.
Jantzen will arraign her at 8:30 a.m. today.
Keelie Alexa Hanily and Edward James Guerrero: Theft of means of transportation, five counts of credit-card theft, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sipe will arraign them at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Eric Jason Johansen: Two counts of possession of methamphetamine for sale and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Conn will arraign him at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Brandon David Register: Aggravated domestic violence, two counts of aggravated harassment by domestic violence, stalking by domestic violence and criminal damage by domestic violence.
Jantzen arraigned him Friday.
Steven Michael Odell: Aggravated DUI.
Conn will arraign him Monday.
Eric Bowen Babauta: Misconduct involving weapons.
Sipe will arraign him at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.