Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the Ariel Starcher killing

Taylor Stoughton, 22, was charged with second-degree murder, Marcus Brooks arrested

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Two suspects have been arrested in connection with Ariel Starcher’s killing, whose body was found last year in a duffle bag in a ditch in rural Buchanan County.cus

Taylor Stoughton, 22, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Ariel Starcher, whose body was discovered on Feb. 18, 2020. Sheriff Bill Puett said Sunday.

Marcus Brooks was arrested in Independence with the help of “citizen tips,” the Buchanan Sheriff’s Department said on Facebook.

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker found the bag last year alongside the road about 45 miles north of Kansas City. The worker thought it looked suspicious and called the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office.

 

In a probable cause statement, the sheriff’s office now says Stoughton admitted that she and Marcus Brooks obstructed Starcher’s airflow to the “point of unconsciousness” on Feb. 5, 2020, at the Sleep Inn hotel at 7611 NW 97th Terrace in Kansas City.

The two then placed Starcher’s body in the bag and threw it alongside Buchanan County’s road, Stoughton allegedly told a sheriff’s deputy. Starcher died of suffocation, according to court records. Both defendants are presumed to be not guilty. Partial source: PEOPLE.com

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