Man accused of killing five in Missouri and Kansas dies in jail
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A man accused of killing a Missouri man and four others in Kansas has died in jail. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says in a Facebook post that they have spoken to officials at the St. Louis Justice Center. They say that Pablo Serrano-Vitorino was found in his cell at around 2:00am, alone, and non-responsive. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead an hour later.
Pablo Serrano-Vitorino was going to trial in October in the March 2016 death of a Montgomery County, Missouri, man. He also is accused of killing four men in Kansas City, Kansas. He may have faced the death penalty in the Missouri case.
Serrano-Vitorino was arrested following a massive manhunt sparked by a carjacking in the New Florence area of Montgomery County. He was arrested while lying in a ditch between the outer road and the on-ramp to Highway 70 at the intersection of Route 19 and I-70 in New Florence.
Serrano-Vitorino is a Mexican national who was in the U.S. illegally when the killings occurred.
Police say that Serrano-Vitorino attempted to commit suicide in 2016 with a safety razor. He was placed in the general population after being taken into custody.
Julie Nordman, whose husband, Randy, was gunned down by Serrano-Vitorino outside their New Florence home, released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
“I have mixed emotions learning of Pablo’s death. My life is forever changed, I live frightened every single day! The details of that day are burned into my memory forever! Now that Pablo is gone I have a sense of relief because we won’t have to relive the most horrific day of my life in court, but I also will never get the opportunity to look him in the eyes and tell him what he has done to me and my family.
“Thank you to all that have been there for me and our family with thoughts and prayers.
“God bless Randy Nordman, Clint Harter, Austin Harter, Michael Capps and Jeremy Waters.”