Man held for KCK slaying of celebrated dog breeder

A 50-year-old man is now in custody in connection with the December murder of Peter Belmont Jr., a 69-year-old retired Kansas City, Kan., educator who was internationally known as a breeder of champion Afghan hounds.

Darrell Lee Broxton, 50, was booked Friday on three felony counts for murder in the first degree, theft and burglary, according records kept by the Wyandotte County Detention Center. Broxton is being held in the detention center with bond set at $1 million.

Belmont’s body was discovered inside the bedroom of his Kansas City, Kan., home in the 3000 block of North 115th Street, on Dec. 16, 2012.

Belmont was prominent in the world of dog show competitions. At the time of his death, Patricia Egan, president of the Afghan Hound Club of New South Wales in Australia, wrote of Belmont in an email:

“As well as being a legend in the Afghan hound world as a breeder of beautiful hounds under his 'Elmo' prefix, he was personally charming, friendly and helpful, and endlessly knowledgeable about the breed. His loss in such tragic circumstances will be mourned by the dog showing community worldwide.”