Jackson County prosecutors have accused a 49-year-old man in the stabbing death of his sister Saturday allegedly during an argument over drugs.
Michael L. Mathews of Kansas City faces charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the slaying of Ayishia Shakir, 57.
Police responded to the home in the 5500 block of Paloma Avenue on a reported stabbing just before 10 a.m. Saturday.
Officers found the victim in a bedroom lying on her back on a deflated air mattress. Her face was covered with a bedsheet.
Never miss a local story.
Shakir had stab wounds to her upper chest, her neck, the back of her shoulder, behind her right ear and the bottom of her left foot and had defensive wounds on both hands.
According to court records:
A witness said Shakir argued with Mathews on Friday evening because she refused to share with him “dipped Moore cigarettes,” apparently meaning cigarettes laced with PCP.
Another witness told investigators that during a later altercation, Mathews repeatedly stabbed the victim, who fell onto the air mattress and tried to grab the knife as she was being stabbed.
Investigators later spoke with a supervisor where Mathews worked and said Mathews was fired Friday evening after Mathews admitted to drinking on the job.
Mathews later told investigators that he was sent home from his job Friday evening after he was caught urinating outside and for drinking. Mathews said he left and bought a six-pack of beer. He also went to a friend’s house and brought some “dips,” which he said was PCP.
Mathews said that he had lived with his sister for about a year and denied arguing with or harming her.
Shakir’s death was Kansas City’s 49th homicide of the year.