MO Man and Juvenile Tortured, Murdered Man Then Shared a Cigar

Zachary Lisle, 20, of Kansas City, was being held on $1 million bond on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery and armed criminal action. Court documents allege that he and a juvenile male told investigators they had beaten 58-year-old Mark Thomas and stolen his wallet.

…Thomas was found dead early Sunday in the women’s restroom at Smithville Lake, north of Kansas City, after one of the suspects told investigators where to find him, a Kansas City police detective wrote in a probable cause statement. His legs were bound with jumper cables, a green bag had been tied around his head and one of his fingers was partially severed.

While being interrogated, Lisle gave investigators a handwritten statement that said “the torture was senseless,” adding that he and the juvenile shared a cigar after the victim gave up struggling, according to the police document.

…The juvenile told investigators Thomas was driving him and Lisle home when he was asked to pull over. He said Lisle grabbed Thomas and started beating him on the head with an unknown object, then they put Thomas in the SUV’s cargo area and drove to Smithville Lake. At one point, Lisle poured gasoline on the victim, the boy said, before the two dragged Thomas from the vehicle and into the restroom.

… Lisle said the juvenile ordered Thomas to give him his PIN number for his bank cards, which Thomas provided, and the two suspects used the cards to withdraw hundreds of dollars from ATM machines. Lisle also told investigators that the juvenile tried to cut off Thomas’ ring finger in an attempt to steal his gold ring.

Missouri man charged in fatal kidnapping of driver who was tortured, doused in gas and had a finger partially severed. Associated Press/nola.com, 1/7/2014.

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