Kirksville man accused of murdering and cutting up victim

49-year-old Paul R. Potter

A Kirksville man faces murder charges in connection with a gruesome killing and dismemberment.

49-year-old Paul R. Potter is accused of killing his victim and then dismembering the body inside an apartment.

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Potter was charged Monday with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Police responding late Sunday to a report of a disturbance said they found Potter near a burning car and two nearby apartments on fire. A police report says officers saw Potter throw two objects at witnesses that were later determined to be human arms. An armless body with multiple stab wounds was discovered in one of the apartments.

No information about the victim was released Monday. Online court records from Adair County did not list an attorney for Potter.

He's behind bars on $1 million dollars bond.

The victim's identity has not been released.