Kansas City Crime Scene: Gunfire, Po-Po Groping Alleged & Execution Uptick

We compile quite a few local crime stories for readers looking for a quick glimpse at recent police action, court cases and other news on rising local crime as the warm weather starts.

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Suspect in custody after KCMO shooting on Manchester Ave.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department responded to a shooting on Manchester Avenue off East 63rd Street early Wednesday morning. According to officers on the scene, one person was shot around 12:30 a.m. The victim is in critical condition. Officers said one person is in custody for the shooting.

Court documents detail rape case against former Lawrence officer

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Newly released court documents shed more light on charges against a former Lawrence police officer accused of rape while on duty. Jonathan Gardner, 41, was charged in March with one count of rape, 12 counts of unlawful acts concerning computers and 12 counts of official misconduct.

Execution of Missouri man marks 5th in US this year

A Missouri man who killed a couple during a robbery at their rural home more than a quarter of a century ago was put to death Tuesday, becoming just the fifth person executed in the United States this year.Carman Deck, 56, died by injection at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

Brothers allegedly targeted at KCK bar in weekend deadly shooting

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Two brothers and a family friend were shot inside a Kansas City, Kansas bar Saturday. One brother died, and the other two are still in the hospital. However, the person who shot them is free. FOX4's Sherae Honeycutt spoke exclusively with the family and one of the victims from the hospital.

Public defenders in Kansas got more pay, but still have the same crushing workloads

TOPEKA, Kansas - In the best times, public defenders deal with high stress and long hours. The pandemic did not help. Maban Wright, the chief public defender in Topeka, said case backlogs from when courts closed have piled up, and a few employees left during the Great Resignation.

Missouri Man Killed Expectant Wife Who Googled 'What to Do if Your Husband Is Upset You Are Pregnant'

A Missouri jury has found a St. Louis man guilty of first-degree murder after he admitted on the stand that he killed his pregnant wife in a rage. Beau Rothwell, 31, has been found guilty of first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse.

Kansas City remembers 'Precious Doe' 21 years later

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A little girl is gone, but decades after her death, she isn't forgotten. Community members gathered at Hibbs Park near 59th Street and Kensington Avenue Thursday morning to remember Erica Green. Kansas City knew the little girl as Precious Doe.

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