Darrell Broxton and his attorney appear for a preliminary hearing in Wyandotte County court. Broxton is accused of killing prominent dog breeder Peter Belmont in his KCK home back in Dec. 2012. (Alice Barr/KCTV)
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New details came out about a man's death that gripped a Kansas City, KS, community. Peter Belmont, 69, was found dead in his home in December, and the preliminary hearing for his suspected killer was held Friday.
The case of a man well-known in the dog-breeding community, found murdered in his home, drew a lot of attention from the start.
Belmont was a retired art teacher and world-renowned dog breeder, trainer and judge.
Darrell Broxton, 50, is accused of killing him. Broxton told detectives that he knew and had a relationship with the victim going back a few years.
During the preliminary hearing witnesses testified that Belmont often drove around and brought back men to his home on 115th Street to help him with yard work and other things like taking care of his dogs. The men he brought home were usually unemployed, and he would help them out with odd jobs.
On Dec. 16, 2012 one of the men he helped out found Belmont dead inside his home, bludgeoned in the head, possibly with a hatchet. His televisions, stereo and a silver van were all missing.
When detectives discovered the van in January, they were able to trace it back to Darrell Broxton.
One witness testified Friday he saw Broxton pull up to the area, he was in a silver van and picked the man up. The witness said he looked in the back of the van and saw televisions and stereo equipment in the back. When he asked Broxton where he got the van, the man testified that Broxton told him it was his boss'. The witness said they drove around selling some of the equipment out of the van, before taking the rest back to Broxton's apartment.
Broxton is accused of ultimately trading the van for drugs.
Detectives also testified that they found some of what they believe are Belmont's belongings in Broxton's home and that DNA on some key items was a partial match to Broxton, along with other people.
Belmont's family traveled across the country to be at Friday's hearing, and they said they were looking for justice.
"He was a national dog breeder. A world-renown dog judge and breeder. He was very well-known in these circles. He was a great man. Anyone who knew him will tell you what a great man he was, and he did not deserve to die like this," said his niece, Fran Boller.
There were so many witnesses called at the preliminary hearing that it will be continued until Wednesday morning.
After that's complete, the judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to move forward to a trial.
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