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Suspect confesses to murdering Killeen man with a knife

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Posted at 7:41 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 17:11:16-05

KILLEEN, TX — The Killeen Police Department has arrested a 27-year-old man for murder.

Killeen police opened an investigation after the man, Anthony Taylor Masters-Gutierrez, told Fort Hood personnel he murdered a man.

The victim has been identified as John Dearmontrice Mitchell, 27, of Killeen.

Around 5:27 p.m. on Monday, February 10, officers were dispatched to the East Gate of Fort Hood at Tank Destroryer Blvd and West Rancier Avenue on the report of a man who approached the gate and told army military police officers that he had killed his roommate.

Killeen officers observed that the suspect had what appeared to be blood on his hands and blood stains on his clothing.

Masters-Gutierrez stated to military police officers that he had killed Mitchell and provided an address with the specific apartment number.

Officers went to the 2300 block of Andover Drive, and located Mitchell laying on the floor in the kitchen of the apartment with a large pool of blood next to him.

Police say Mitchell appeared to have multiple stab wounds to his face and neck.

A knife with blood on it was located close to Mitchell's body.

Masters-Gutierrez was placed under arrested and transported to the Killeen Police Department where he was provided, on audio and video recording, with his rights.

He waived his rights and confessed that he murdered Mitchell "with a knife."

Masters-Gutierrez then stated that he did not live at Mitchell's residence. He said he walked to the house, and once inside, took a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times.

The victim was pronounced dead at 6:14 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Daryl Peters. He ordered an autopsy to be performed.

Masters-Gutierrez remains in the Killeen City Jail.

The individuals involved in this incident are not active duty military personnel.