Kansas City man linked to murder by cat hair sentenced

Friday, October 2, 2009 | 9:49 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City man who was linked to a murder by cat hair found in the victim's pockets has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 120 years.

Forty-five-year-old Henry Lee Polk was convicted in August of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the March 2004 death of 41-year-old Stephen M. Nolte. He was sentenced Thursday.

Nolte's body was found inside a house in northern Kansas City that he was renovating. His throat had been slashed, and his pockets had been turned inside out.

Cat and human hairs recovered from Nolte's pockets were key evidence at trial. DNA tests found some of the cat hairs were a genetic match to two cats from Polk's home.


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