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Gaston Co. man pleads guilty to killing, dismembering wheelchair-bound roommate

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Brian Hord

GASTONIA, N.C. — A Gaston County man has pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering his wheelchair bound roommate, according to WSOC.

Brian Hord is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Richard Gentry.

Investigators said he beat his 68-year-old roommate to death, and then cut him up in an effort to hide the body.

It was reported that Hord said nothing before accepting a plea to avoid the death penalty.

He will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering his 68-year-old roommate then cut his body into pieces.

Hord has a history of Psychological and mental issues that his defense attorney said make him restless.

The defense attorney said Hord takes full responsibly for hitting Richard Gentry in the head with a hammer.

Then he tried to dispose of the body by cutting it up with a hand saw.

The defense attorney said Hord was this subject of insults and harassment from his wheelchair bound roommate.

The district attorney said that abuse was physical and that is why he did not seek the death penalty.

“The victim had demanded certain acts of the defendant in order for the defendant to be able to live there,” said Locke Bell, the district attorney.

Source: WSOC