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Kansas City man is sentenced to 40 years in 2011 Northland killing

Updated: 2014-02-07T00:36:51Z


The Kansas City Star

A Kansas City man convicted in the stabbing death of a Northland resident was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison.

David L. Saulmon, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in November for the slaying of 19-year-old Brent D. Humphreys.

According to authorities, a sleeping Humphreys was stabbed 40 times on Feb. 22, 2011, at a home in the 4400 block of Northeast 46th Street in Kansas City, North.

Humphreys and Saulmon were staying with a couple who lived at the residence. Saulmon recently had been released from prison and was a relative of the female resident, said Clay County Prosecutor Daniel L. White.

The couple told investigators they had gone to bed and left the two men in another area of the house.

About an hour later, Saulmon walked into the couple’s bedroom and turned on the light, which awakened them. Saulmon had blood on him and told the couple that he had “saved their family” and that “I’m done. It’s over,” White said.

The couple raced downstairs and found Humphreys, covered in blood, sprawled on the floor. Saulmon told the couple not to call the police and then sped away in a pickup truck, White said.

Saulmon was arrested several hours later in Kirksville, Mo.

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