ID awaits testing
Adair County officials are awaiting results of fingerprint analysis before confirming the identity and releasing the name of a man killed Sunday in Kirksville.
Adair County Coroner Brian Noe said the victim’s fingerprints have been sent to the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS, for analysis and hopeful confirmation of the individual’s identity.
“It’s the only way we can know,” Noe said, noting he was uncertain of the turnaround time for results.
The coroner indicated the likely cause of death was multiple stab wounds, though results of a toxicology panel are pending.
Paul R. Potter, 49, of Kirksville, stands charged of a class A felony of murder in the second degree, a class C felony of tampering with a motor vehicle and a class C felony of second-degree arson.
Potter’s preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday at the Adair County Courthouse.
Potter allegedly murdered a man in the Village 76 apartment complex and dismembered his victim’s body. He is also accused of setting fire to a vehicle and two apartments, in an apparent attempt to conceal the crime.
With law enforcement on the scene Sunday night in Kirksville, Potter allegedly grabbed another of his neighbors and attempted to drag him inside an apartment. The man got free, and Potter reportedly threw two human arms at witnesses before being taken into custody.
Positive victim ID awaits testing