A 29-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday by reason of insanity for the 2013 stabbing death of another man and will be confined indefinitely to the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Travys A. Porter of Kansas City had faced first-degree murder charges in the June 2013 slaying of Darrell Aderholt, 42, inside his residence in the 6600 block of East 12th Terrace.
Officers responded to the incident and found Aderholt dead. They arrested Porter, who had blood on his clothes, a cut on his hand and a knife in his pocket.
During the plea hearing Thursday, prosecutors said Porter was mentally incompetent at the time of the stabbing. Tim Dollar, a special prosecutor, said Porter had undergone several mental evaluations.
Authorities said Porter went to Aderholt’s home and attacked Aderholt. A woman inside the home said Aderholt told her to go to a back room when he realized Porter was at the door.
Witnesses said Porter left the scene with blood on his hands. A witness followed him to Truman Road and Belmont, where Porter was arrested.
After the hearing, Porter waved and said, “I love you,” to relatives as they walked out of the courtroom.