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New video shows HIV scientist cuffed outside his home after three Kansas City Chiefs friends were found dead in his snow-covered backyard

An HIV scientist whose three friends were found dead in his backyard after they watched a Kansas City Chiefs game was initially handcuffed while questioned by police, new video reveals. 

The bodies of David Harrington, 37, Ricky Johnson, 38, and Clayton McGeeney, 36, were discovered in Jordan Willis’ backyard in Kansas City, Missouri nearly three weeks ago.

Medical examiners are yet to reveal the cause of death, with toxicology reports expected to take up to five more weeks. Police have previously said they are not treating the case as a homicide and Willis has not been charged with any crime.

McGeeney’s fiancée found their bodies in the backyard two days after the game and then called the police who cuffed and detained Willis on his front stoop, according to video obtained by NewsNation’s National Correspondent Alex Caprareillo, who reported exclusively on the show Banfield.

Ashton Brady, the neighbor who recorded the video, said he saw McGeeney’s fiancée emerge from the backyard, with police arriving on the scene about ten minutes later.

HIV scientist Jordan Willis, whose three friends were found dead in his backyard after they watched a Kansas City Chiefs game, was handcuffed while first being questioned by police

HIV scientist Jordan Willis, whose three friends were found dead in his backyard after they watched a Kansas City Chiefs game, was handcuffed while first being questioned by police

The video was recorded by neighbor Ashton Brady and obtained by NewsNation's National Correspondent Alex Caprareillo, who reported exclusively on the show Banfield

The video was recorded by neighbor Ashton Brady and obtained by NewsNation’s National Correspondent Alex Caprareillo, who reported exclusively on the show Banfield

David Harrington (second left), Clayton McGeeney (second right) and Ricky Johnson (right) are shown with two unidentified fellow Chiefs fans, neither of whom is believed to be involved in the mystery. Harrington, McGeeney and Johnson were found dead on January 9 in the backyard of their friends house

David Harrington (second left), Clayton McGeeney (second right) and Ricky Johnson (right) are shown with two unidentified fellow Chiefs fans, neither of whom is believed to be involved in the mystery. Harrington, McGeeney and Johnson were found dead on January 9 in the backyard of their friends house

Willis has claimed via his attorney John Picerno that he did not see the messages from his friends' family and was asleep for 'a lot of' the time between his friends leaving and answering the door to police

Willis has claimed via his attorney John Picerno that he did not see the messages from his friends’ family and was asleep for ‘a lot of’ the time between his friends leaving and answering the door to police

‘The police searched the house, went to the backyards, everything, and I had no idea what had happened,’ Brady said.

‘The next morning I saw the news. I just was kind of in disbelief I watched that happen.’ 

Caprareillo reported Willis, who was in his underwear and holding a wine glass when police arrived, was eventually uncuffed, put into a police car and driven away. 

Willis, 38, is an HIV researcher and protein scientist who lives and works in the home on NW 83rd Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri.

He is an accomplished scientist, whose research into COVID and HIV has been praised in the medical world. In interviews, he described his two pit-bull mixes – Sadie and Daisy, as the ‘light of his life’.

The men did not return home or contact their families after the Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers game on January 7 and Willis didn’t contact anyone to say where they were or what had happened.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS 

January 7: The three men go to Jordan Willis’ home to watch the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Los Angeles Chargers, which starts at 3:25pm CT. 

At some point during the night, Willis goes upstairs to sleep, leaving the three men and another unnamed man to hang out in his house.

January 8: Jordan Willis claims he did not leave his home this day, so he didn’t realize the victims’ cars were outside. 

Loved ones of the missing men start trying to contact Willis, who doesn’t respond. 

January 9: Clayton McGeeney’s fiancée breaks into the home and scream Willis’ name after two days of no communication with her partner.

She finds one of the bodies on the back porch. 

At 9:51pm, three bodies are found at the property after police perform a welfare check.

For two days, the families of the victims say they visited Willis’ home, called him and sent him Facebook messages asking where they were. He did not respond.

Brady said: ‘We had just moved in. But that week, we had never seen those cars there. And then all of a sudden that whole weekend there was cars parked right in front of our drive, and they never left and they stayed there until the police came.’

The grieving families of the three men are demanding investigators tell them how they died.

Johnson’s brother Jonathan Price said he is making discoveries of his own, including the fact that one of the men ‘was not lying down but found in a lawn chair on the back porch, away from the others’.

Harrington’s mother, Jennifer Marquez, has issued an urgent plea to Willis, saying: ‘I know he is scared but he was there, he participated in whatever happened that night, he had to know and he is the only one left that knows what happened.’

She told News Nation Anchor Natasha Zouves: ‘I want Jordan to come forward and say you know this wasn’t meant to happen but this is what happened. I did this or I saw this, you know, just tell us.’ 

Willis has claimed via his attorney John Picerno that he didn’t see the messages and was asleep for ‘a lot of’ the time between his friends leaving and answering the door to police.

He claims he said goodbye to his friends – two of whom he’d known since high school – then ‘crashed’ on the couch.

A short time later, he says he went upstairs to bed, leaving the doors unlocked. The three men, he says, then returned to the property and at some stage, went outside.

Picerno says he did not hear the victims’ loved ones banging on his door because he sleeps with headphones and a fan on. He also claims he did not see their Facebook messages until after the police showed up.

He does not know how the men died and says he never suggested that they ‘froze’ to death outside in the cold weather, as had been reported in the days following their deaths.

Ricky Johnson, a father-of-three, was one of the three men found dead

Ricky Johnson, a father-of-three, was one of the three men found dead

Clayton McGeeney, 36, was also found dead in the backyard

Clayton McGeeney, 36, was also found dead in the backyard 

David Harrington was found dead on his friend's property on January 9

David Harrington was found dead on his friend’s property on January 9 

A source close to Willis told Fox last week: ‘Not only is the whole country accusing him of murdering his friends without factual details, evidence or any charges at this time, but he also lost three close friends.

‘He didn’t get to say goodbye or go to their funerals due to the circumstances of these wild speculations and accusations.

‘No one seems to be willing to wait for the results of the toxicology report or wait for any other facts from the police department from a case that is still under investigation to make these speculations.’

There was a fifth man in attendance at the viewing party, Alex Weamer-Lee.

He is a high school friend of the victims, but says he left at midnight after the football finished and when everyone was alive.


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