Suspect in bloody slaying admits he ‘murdered’ local man ‘with a knife’

Anthony Taylor Masters-Gutierrez, 27, was arrested Wednesday. (Jail photo)
Anthony Taylor Masters-Gutierrez, 27, was arrested Wednesday. (Jail photo)(KWTX)
Published: Feb. 10, 2020 at 7:51 PM CST
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A 27-year-old Central Texas man charged in the bloody slaying admitted he “murdered” a man whom he initially identified as his roommate “with a knife,” according to an arrest affidavit released Friday.

Anthony Taylor Masters-Gutierrez, 27, remains in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond charged with murder in the death of John Dearmontrice Mitchell, 27, who was found dead Monday in an apartment in the 2300 block of Andover Drive.

Fort Hood officials called Killeen police just before 5:30 p.m. Monday after a blood stained man identified in the affidavit as Masters-Gutierrez showed up at the post’s East Gate claiming to have killed his roommate.

When officers arrived at the post they found Masters-Gutierrez with blood on his hands and what appeared to be blood stains on his clothing, the affidavit said.

He had told military police officers that he had killed Mitchell and provided an address and apartment number, which is where Killeen officers found the victim “laying on the floor of the kitchen of the apartment with a large pool of blood next to him,” the affidavit says.

Mitchell had multiple stab wounds to the face and neck and officers found a bloody knife next to his body, the affidavit said.

Masters-Gutierrez was arrested and later waived his rights “and confessed that he ‘murdered’ the victim.

Masters-Gutierrez told officers he didn’t live with Mitchell, but said he had walked to the apartment “and once inside took a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times including in the neck.”

Mitchell was pronounced dead at around 6:15 p.m. Monday.

Neither Masters-Gutierrez nor Mitchell was a soldier stationed at the post.

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