An Idaho man has been arrested and charged with four counts of murder and one count of burglary after allegedly shooting and killing four of his neighbors. The accused, Majorjon Kaylor, 31, now faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted for the horrifying killings that took place on June 18.
The distressing incident unfolded at a multi-dwelling complex in Kellogg, Idaho, located near the Washington border. Authorities were alerted to the grisly crime scene when a call came in just after 7 p.m., reporting multiple fatalities. Upon their arrival, the police discovered the lifeless bodies of Kenneth Guardipee, 65, his daughter Kenna Guardipee, 41, and her two sons, Devin Smith, 18, and Aiken Smith, 16. All four deaths were determined to be homicides caused by gunshots.
The suspect, Majorjon Kaylor, lived in the same unit as the victims and was swiftly apprehended shortly after the incident. Charging documents referred to the shootings as premeditated, heightening the severity of the case. Investigations revealed that a week prior to the tragic event, Kaylor’s wife, Kaylee Kaylor, had made a disturbing allegation. She claimed that Devin Smith had exposed himself in front of their bedroom window while she and her young daughter were outside playing. Although the incident was reported to the authorities, no arrests were made at the time. Prosecutors had recommended charging Smith with indecent exposure, but no official charges had been filed as of Tuesday.
Kellogg Police Chief Paul Twidt defended the department’s actions, stating, “We responded to the call, investigated the call, and the report was done that day and submitted to the prosecutor’s office for charges. I stand by what my officer did, and he did everything he could at the time. Nobody could have foreseen anything like this.”
The crime scene itself presented harrowing evidence, corroborating the close-range shooting theory. The two older victims were found with gunshot wounds to the temple, while Aiken Smith was discovered shot at point-blank range. Devin had suffered multiple close-range gunshots. Kaylor’s firearm, with blood and tissue on it, provided further support for the close-range shooting theory.
It was revealed that prior to the fatal shootings, tensions had escalated between Kaylor, his wife, and Smith’s mother due to the latter’s behavior. According to an affidavit viewed by NBC News, the Kaylors expressed concerns to Kenneth Guardipee, believing he did not take their complaints seriously.
In a chilling confession following his arrest, Kaylor allegedly admitted to the murders, stating that he “lost it,” “snapped,” and “did something about it.” The suspect expressed suspicion and concern for his children, claiming that Smith had been observing them and engaging in acts of nudity.
After the shootings, Kaylor handed over his personal belongings, including his phone, keys, and wallet, to his wife. He then placed a .45 handgun in a holster inside a truck, emphasizing to his wife that he had protected their children. These details were revealed in court documents obtained by CBS2 IdahoNews.
Prosecuting attorney Ben Allen described the crime as “horrific,” highlighting the fact that one of the victims was a minor. Allen confirmed that Kaylor had made admissions about the offenses charged against him. During Kaylor’s initial court appearance, Allen stated, “We see a crime committed in a relatively horrific manner… Idaho code does not contemplate a more serious offense.”
Currently, Kaylor is being held without bond and may face the death penalty if found guilty. The community has been left in shock and mourning following this tragic incident. A GoFundMe page has been established by an individual claiming to be Kaylor’s brother to support Kaylor’s wife and three small children with rent, groceries, and basic necessities in the aftermath of this devastating event. As of Wednesday morning, the fundraising campaign has collected $2,000 out of its $2,500 goal.
A preliminary hearing for Majorjon Kaylor, who has yet to enter a plea, is scheduled for July 3. The community awaits further developments in this heart-wrenching case, hoping for justice and healing in the face of such immense loss.