Family members say "friends" buried a man in his own backyard

By: Erin Logan Email
By: Erin Logan Email

A home considered to be a place of care and comfort, turns into a murder scene. Police are calling it one of the most bizarre cases they've investigated.

Joyce Thornton says, “I want everyone to remember Randy Guyberson as a very caring person."

Thornton, Guyberson’s cousin, said he was so caring to the point he would get taken advantage of at times.

That's what police say happened at his home on East Dayton Street.

Thornton says, “He was telling me that Nathaniel was a friend of his and that he was trying to help him.”

Now, 19 year-old Nathaniel Richerson, who'd been living with 58 year-old Randy Guyberson, is the alleged murderer.

Police say Guyberson's throat was slit and he was stabbed multiple times inside his home, then buried in his backyard. They say 27 year-old Matt Weidler helped Richerson bury Guyberson's body.

Weidler had recently been kicked out of the Salvation Army and Richerson invited him to stay at Guyberson's for a few nights.

Thornton says, “He figured by helping the drug addicts and have them come and live with him he would be able to help them turn their lives around and he could get help from them by doing chores for him.”

Thornton says her cousin was a retired chef but hadn't worked in years. He had fibromyalgia, so he was usually in pain.

She says he's had about seven people including Richerson stay with him over the years.

Thornton says, “I tried to tell him he shouldn't be doing this and he said he thinks this was his mission in life that God wanted him to do.”

Now, all Guyberson's family members can hope for is that God will take care of him.

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