Neighbor charged in slaying of Blue Summit man, 71

Updated: 2013-07-18T04:08:58Z


The Kansas City Star

Jackson County authorities have charged a 39-year-old man in the slaying of a man found Tuesday in a Blue Summit residence.

Ricky L. Sines of Kansas City faces first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges in the death of 71-year-old Roger Krout.

Authorities were called to the house in the 1800 block of Tilden Street Tuesday afternoon, where they discovered Krout’s body. There were obvious signs of a struggle in the house, which had been ransacked.

Krout had been struck three times in the head with a sharp object, according to the Jackson County medical examiner’s office.

Investigators obtained a warrant to search the house where the body was found. They recovered a shingler’s hammer with what appeared to be blood on the end of a sharp edge.

A witness told investigators that Krout paid Sines $50 to mow his lawn. Afterward, Sines and Krout, who lived across the street from each other, drank beer and watched a movie together.

According to court documents, Sines later went back to visit Krout. The charges contend Sines attacked Krout then. Sines was taken into custody Tuesday night.

To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send email to grice@kcstar.com.

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