A Raytown man suspected of being drunk choked his neighbor to death late Friday night, Raytown police say.
Michael G. Augustine, 43, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the incident.
Clifton King, 60, did not have a pulse when officers found the two outside King’s residence in the 9000 block of Richards Drive in Raytown.
“That’s right. I f---ed him up!” Augustine said after officers checked for King’s pulse, according to court records. Police added that Augustine smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech.
Augustine earlier had called police to report an intruder in his home, located a few blocks away from King’s.
When police arrived, they found Augustine’s home empty.
Officers then canvassed the area and found Augustine on top of King outside King’s residence.
It remains unclear why Augustine and King were outside King’s residence, contrary to the location given by Augustine in his call to police.
“Because Augustine chose not to speak with us about it, we’re missing that piece — whether he went to the wrong house or something else happened,” said Raytown Capt. Dyon Harper.
King was transported to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Augustine invoked his right to counsel in declining to give a statement.
His listed address is in the 8800 block of Richards Drive.
Involuntary manslaughter is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a minimum sentence of three years, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.
Augustine is in custody on a $150,000 bond.