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Mugshot of the Day: Gregory Aaron Kinsey, ‘Misunderstood’

Gregory Aaron Kinsey was arrested on June 26, 2013, in connection with the double murders of Nathan Young, 32, and Brandon Prince, 39, who were hacked to death with a machete in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Kinsey’s mother says he is “misunderstood.”

Kinsey, 20, has no prior arrest record, and did not know the two victims before they allegedly confronted him in an alley as he was returning from a store. The confrontation escalated and Kinsey pulled out the machete and attacked. One witness heard him mention, “Satan that’s within him.” After an eyewitness struck Kinsey on the head with a board, Kinsey fled the scene. He was later arrested at his mother’s house and police found the machete hidden there.

Kinsey reportedly told police that during the murders he had a “clear mind” and that “it was like he was watching a movie.”

Police described the murder scene as something “out of a horror movie.” When asked what the motive was, Sgt. Daniel Grubbs of the Fort Smith Police Department said, “You can’t explain evil behavior like that.”

His mother, Kimberley LeClaire, told that her son is “misunderstood,” that he’s an “outcast,” a “cutter,” and that he is “brilliant.”

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