Kingman man convicted in murder, dismemberment of house guest

KINGMAN, Ariz. — A Kingman man has been convicted in the murder and dismemberment of a temporary house guest in November 2011.

The Mohave County Superior Court jury deliberated 90 minutes Thursday before finding George Loader, 37, guilty of first-degree murder and the abandonment of the body of John Oppenheim, 51.

Defense attorney Chris Ackerley argued that Oppenheim died of an accidental shotgun blast as the former county jail cellmates fought over Loader’s suspicion that Oppenheim molested his 3-year-old daughter.

Ackerley also argued that Loader’s alternate personality was in control and that insanity explains Loader’s use of a hand saw to cut up the victim and place his body parts in a chest of drawers that he burned in the desert with the aid of 2½ gallons of gasoline.

Juror Malcolm Graham said the jury didn’t buy either defense theory. He said the panel concluded that 23 years of admitted methamphetamine abuse better explains Loader’s conduct than a manufactured multiple personality insanity excuse.

Loader faces up to a natural life prison term when sentenced July 17.