LAWRENCE – A recently released affidavit says a man charged in a Lawrence killing laughed about the victim bleeding to death.
The affidavit supporting the arrest of 34-year-old Joshua Lee Back says officers followed a blood trail and found 45-year-old Tracy Dean Lautenschlager bleeding outside of a McDonald’s.
After medics took him to the hospital, where he later died, police followed a blood trail back to a house in the 700 block of Arkansas.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a witness told police that Lautenschlager, Back and a third man had smoked methamphetamine the night before.
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The affidavit says the third man told officers that Back said he had “cut a person’s throat and laughed about the amount of blood squirting from the wound.”
Back, of Oskaloosa, Kansas, is charged with second-degree murder and jailed on $750,000 bond.
His defense attorney didn’t immediately return a phone call from the Associated Press.