Man Pleads Guilty in Death of Park Point Resident

Updated: May 30, 2019 06:24 PM

A man who was planning to act as his own attorney at trial has now pleaded guilty to second degree unintentional murder.


31-year-old Darrel Darryl Mayhew had been charged in the death of 70-year-old Park Point resident Larry Watczak.

According to a news release from the St Louis County Attorney's Office, Mayhew admitted before Sixth District Judge Dale Harris to going in Watczak's home on Jan. 2 and taking items.

Prosecutors say Watczak was sitting on a couch when Mayhew took a glass bottle and struck him over the head. He threw a blanket over him and took his tablet and other items in his pockets.

When Mayhew left the house, he dropped a glove with Watczak's blood on the sidewalk.

Mayhew admitted Thursday that it was the injury he caused to Watczak's skull that later led to his death 10 days later.

As a part of a plea deal, Mayhew agreed to a possible sentence of 20 years in prison, which is more than the standard guideline for this type of charge. The actual sentence will be up to the judge.

The sentencing is scheduled for June 17 at 9:30 a.m.



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