Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Darrell Broxton found guilty in Peter Melmont case

Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- A Wyandotte County jury returned verdicts today in the murder trial of Darrell Broxton.

Broxton was accused by the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office of first degree murder, burglary and two counts of theft.

The jury found Broxton guilty of intentional second degree murder and the remaining counts as charged. The jury began its deliberations late Monday afternoon.  The trial lasted seven days.

Broxton is a Kansas City, Mo., resident.

Broxton was convicted for the Dec. 2012 murder of Peter Belmont.  Belmont was found bludgeoned to death in his bed on Dec. 16, 2012.  An autopsy estimated that Belmont had been dead several days before he was found.

The jury was presented with evidence where Broxton was investigated for a similar 1996 homicide in Ocala, Florida.

Peter Belmont was a 69-year-old Kansas City, Kan., resident.  He was a retired district 500 art teacher.  Belmont was also nationally known for breeding, raising and showing Afghan hound dogs.

The trial was conducted before the Honorable J. Dexter Burdette.  The state was represented by Sheryl Lidtke, Chief Deputy District Attorney.

The case was investigated by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department with assistance from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

A sentencing date has not been set.