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Man admits role in burglary that led to the death of businessman Michael Tutera

Updated: 2013-10-29T23:27:13Z

By MARK MORRIS

The Kansas City Star

A Kansas City man pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a botched 2010 burglary that led to the death of businessman Michael Tutera.

Robert L. Frazier, 25, who was scheduled to go on trial this week on second-degree murder charges, instead pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary. He faces up to 15 years in prison, prosecutors said.

In return, Frazier pledged to give a complete statement about the incident to a Kansas City police detective.

Authorities alleged in June that Frazier was involved in the planning and execution of the May 2010 burglary to steal a Rolex watch, drugs, guns and phones from Tutera’s home. Tutera, 49, was shot in the burglary.

Prosecutors said they agreed to reduce the charge after establishing that Frazier remained in a vehicle outside while other defendants entered the home.

Troy Davis earlier pleaded guilty to murder and received two consecutive 10-year sentences in the case. Brothers Matthew and Joseph Hendrix also pleaded guilty to murder and received sentences of 25 and 14 years in prison.

Two other defendants, Joel Thomas and Michael Dear, await trial.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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