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Joseph "Joey" Michael Cathey (mug shot VCSO)


A man from Nevada will spend the next eighteen years in prison for the murder of his best friend in May of 2010.
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Joseph Michael Cathey, 24, was originally charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the stabbing and shooting death of 24 year-old Dennis C. "DC" Gibbs, however, those charges were amended to second-degree murder yesterday (09-06-11) in exchange for his guilty plea.
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Authorities first thought they were responding to an accident a passerby called in about 8:30 p.m. on May 6, 2010. While police were en route to the accident they "got a call from a mother who said her son just shot some guy out by Richards and we needed to get out there,”  Sheriff Ron Peckman said at the time of the incident.

When authorities arrived at the crime scene they found Gibbs' body in a ditch behind his truck on Route Z and Katy Track Road just east of the Missouri-Kansas border.  He had been shot seven times and stabbed 32.
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According to the probable cause statement, Cathey’s mother, Lucinda Ellis, told dispatchers that her son [Joey Cathey] called his father, David Cathey, and told him that he was a monster and had shot Gibbs and that Gibbs’ mother, Lora (Lori) Gibbs, was with him.

Investigators spoke with Gibbs’ father, Dennis D. Gibbs, who told them that his son and Lori Gibbs had been in a fight earlier in the evening near Fort Scott, Kansas according to the affidavit. The fight was “supposedly over a pickup truck,” and that Lori Gibbs left.

Lori Gibbs and Joey Cathey, who are both from Kansas, had been having an affair for some time, according to sources close to the case.
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Lori Gibbs (mug shot MODOC)
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Dennis D. Gibbs allegedly told investigators that his wife called him, told him about the fight and said “she was going to have D.C. taken care of."

The elder Gibbs later told investigators his son then called him and told him that he had located his mother at Rodney Clark's home in Richards, and that Cathey was with him and they were trying to locate the vehicle his mother had been driving.  The trio ended up at a house in Vernon County where they used methamphetamine.  Lori Gibbs eventually told her son that she had hid the truck at White Cemetery and Joey Cathey and D. C.. Gibbs left to get the vehicle.

It is here where the unknown comes in because Cathey has refused to talk with law enforcers - D. D. Gibbs told investigators that his son called him and began whispering into the phone and then he heard some sort of “unknown commotion” in the background on his son’s end before the phone went dead. Gibbs said he attempted to call his son back several times but got no response.
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No charges have ever been filed against Lora Gibbs in connection to her son's murder, however, in June of 2011 she was sentenced to 3 years in prison for forging her estranged husband's signature to checks that were passed in Vernon County.  She never responded to a letter  prosecutor's sent her asking for her help in her son's murder.
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Vernon County Prosecutor Lynn Ewing
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Vernon County Prosecutor Lynn Ewing says, "There is no amount of years that can compensate for taking a life.  It's the state's belief that 18 years serves justice and meets the needs of the state of Missouri."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is all well and good I guess. So I heard the Gibbs Family getting to say there peace in court. I could not believe what I was hearing. How they all said that Joseph Cathey a monster. Well if he was a monster the Gibbs Clan made him that way. Oh wait that's because the Gibbs are the victims right. What about the Cathey family are they not victims also? And what about the people that got rid of all the evidence and helped Joseph get cleaned up. Why are they not being charged with any crimes? I would like to have some awnsers also. I know it's not going to change anything. But I think the people should know.

Anonymous said...

Well I got a phone call two years later telling me they got the wrong guy and that this person who called me is the one who really killed my cousin. Im not saying DC was a good person or that his life stlye didn't lead to this. But I am going to say that Joie had choices like everyone else my time in KC I was asked to do stupid shit too I said no thats my choice and I life a decent life. But someone DID help Joie and there is a possiblity that he didn't do it. From what I can read there was no evidence but a confession. Someone could have threatened him or his family into confessing. Not saying that he shouldn't be guilty for not doing anything but this investigation SHOULD be reopened!

Anonymous said...

One thing is for sure, this mom "lori" is a meth head. That says it all.

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