Neighbor Says Sedalia Murder Suspect Visited Him Next Day

7 years 1 month 5 days ago Saturday, September 11 2010 Sep 11, 2010 Saturday, September 11, 2010 10:06:09 PM CDT September 11, 2010 in News
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SEDALIA - The neighbor of a murdered in Sedalia this week says the man charged in her murder came to his home the next day, raising suspicions of Sedalia Police who dropped in on their visit.

Police found Rebekah Marcus, 76, dead on the floor of her Sedalia home on Tuesday with a knife stuck in her chest. On Friday, police announced they had arrested Daniel Maschger, 44, who now stands charged for Marcus's murder, along with first degree burglary and armed criminal action. Maschger will next be in court on September 14.

"The fact that she's 76 years old and the violence that was used against her, it's rather shocking and alarming to anybody," says Paul Bennett, one of Marcus's neighbors.

On Wednesday, Bennett says Maschger visited him in his home. Bennett recognized Maschger as an occassional caretaker for Marcus.

"He came to the door and mentioned who he was," Bennett remembers. "I said, 'Oh yeah, okay, I remember you. Come in and sit down.' So we sit down, and was talking. But he seemed flaky or real nervous."

While they spoke, police investigators knocked at the door, planning to interview Bennett. When Maschger tried to excuse himself, the police became more interested in Bennett's guest.

"He got up to use the bathroom. Both of [the officers] noticed he was shaking and nervous as all heck."

On Friday morning, police called a press conference announcing Maschger's arrest.

Police would not clarify what was stolen from Marcus's home to merit the burglary charge, or why Maschger is a suspect. However, police say statements from neighbors proved key in his arrest. Sedalia Police say it is one of the most gruesome crimes committed in Sedalia in recent memory.

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