17-year-old to stand trial as adult in beating death of Liberty man

03/20/2014 5:42 PM

03/20/2014 5:42 PM

A 17-year-old charged in the beating death of a Liberty man was certified Thursday to stand trial as an adult.

Brandon Dewayne Fletcher of Liberty also is accused of kidnapping and robbery in the attack on Mark Thomas, 58, who was found dead Jan. 5 in a restroom at Smithville Lake.

Fletcher is being held on $1 million bond. His attorney, Eric Vernon, declined to comment.

Zachary M. Lisle, 20, also has been charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery.

According to Clay County court documents:

Thomas, a Liberty city employee, offered to drive Fletcher and Lisle, acquaintances of a family member, to a mobile home where Lisle had been staying in the 8800 block of Northeast 107th Terrace in Kansas City, North.

Several hours later, when Thomas failed to return home, family members reported him missing.

Police found Thomas’ abandoned vehicle, with blood inside and out, two blocks from the mobile home. Inside the vehicle, officers found a large knife, a knife sheath and several ATM receipts showing recent withdrawals.

Police later arrested Lisle and Fletcher as they tried to escape from under the mobile home. Lisle had $556 and blood on his clothes, shoes and hands, court records said.

Police also found a black bag that a witness said Lisle had left on the mobile home’s front porch, according to court records. The bag contained bloody clothing. Under the home, police found vehicle keys thought to belong to Thomas.

Authorities allege that Lisle and Fletcher robbed, stabbed, tortured and severely beat Thomas, who bled to death.

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