Police Department

Suspect Charged With 2nd Degree Murder


Independence Police Department

223 N. Memorial Drive

Independence, MO 64050-3013

Public Information Office

Officer Tom Gentry

(816) 325-7258


News Release


For immediate release: September 22, 2015


Suspect Charged With 2nd Degree Murder


Suspect, William R. Godfrey Jr., 40 yrs. old, of Independence, has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder in the September 21, death of Paul T. Doughty, 53 yrs. old, a homeless person who had been staying in Independence.



 William R. Godfrey Jr.


Murder in the second degree is a Class A Felony, and is punishable upon conviction to imprisonment in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections for a term of years not less than ten (10) years and not to exceed thirty (30) years, or life imprisonment.


Godfrey’s bond was set at $150,000.00 cash only.