Missouri man accused of dismembering victim, throwing arms at witnesses
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. • A northeast Missouri man accused of killing a man, dismembering the body and setting fires to conceal the crime, hurled the victim’s arms at witnesses shortly before he was arrested, police said.
Paul R. Potter, 49, of Kirksville, was charged Monday in Adair County with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with a motor vehicle and is being held on $1 million bond. Kevin Locke, the public defender assigned to represent Potter, did not immediately return a phone call Tuesday seeking comment.
Authorities are not releasing the victim’s name until relatives have been notified, the Adair County prosecutor’s office said.
Police officers responding to a call of a vehicle fire Sunday arrived at a public housing development in Kirksville and saw Potter “throw two objects, later identified as human arms, towards the witnesses,” according to a probable cause statement.