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KC-area teens didn’t pull the trigger but are charged with murder. Is that justice?

By Luke Nozicka Updated September 22, 2019 05:00 AM Johnson County District Attorney Stephen M. Howe discusses the felony murder rule and how his office uses it. The law gives prosecutors the power to charge people with murder who have committed felonies but never actually killed. By Tammy Ljungblad | Luke Nozicka Up Next Current […]

Overland Park mom upset teen accused of killing her son will be released on house arrest Updated: 10:27 PM, Sep 03, 2019 By: Ariel Rothfield OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A Johnson County teenager charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of another teenager earlier this year in Overland Park will be put on house […]

For KCPD officer, charges didn’t mean arrest or mugshot. Did he get a special break? | The Kansas City Star

For KCPD officer, charges didn’t mean arrest or mugshot. Did he get a special break? By Glenn E. Rice July 30, 2019 05:00 AM, Updated July 30, 2019 10:00 AM Fatal wreck on Interstate 435 near Stadium Drive: What happened On Oct. 21, 2018, a Kansas City police van slammed into three vehicles, killing 17-year-old […]

What impact could Schlitterbahn jury decision have on future cases?

KSHB  Tom Dempsey 10:29 PM, Oct 18, 2018 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A jury on Thursday found two former Schlitterbahn employees not guilty of lying to investigators in the 2016 death of a 10-year-old boy on the Verruckt water slide. The case against David Hughes and John Zalsman was the first one involving current and […]

Man sentenced to 80 years for KC burglary walks free on Greitens’ final day

By Max Londberg,  jlondberg@kcstar.com Updated June 03, 2018 03:10 PM Alvis Williams was sentenced to 80 years in prison after a nonviolent incident in Kansas City. He was convicted of stealing a VCR, a Walkman and other electronics in 1994. The 48-year-old has been in prison ever since on what law experts deemed a sentence […]

Woman now faces first-degree murder in slaying of Clinton Officer Ryan Morton

By Max Londberg And Ian Cummings  jlondberg@kcstar.com  icummings@kcstar.com April 18, 2018 09:05 PM Tammy Dee Widger’s charges in the fatal shooting of Clinton Officer Ryan Morton last month have been amended and now include first-degree murder, the Henry County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday. Widger also now faces two counts of first-degree assault. She originally faced […]

Woman charged with murder in shooting death of Clinton Officer Ryan Morton

By Ian Cummings And Max Londberg, icummings@kcstar.com, jlondberg@kcstar.com Updated March 15, 2018 09:18 AM Tammy Widger, 37, has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Clinton Officer Ryan Morton, by Henry County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  Widger allegedly committed felony murder because Morton was shot and killed “as a result of the perpetration […]

What does Gov. Greitens indictment mean? And what’s next? Metro attorneys break it down

Posted 10:44 pm, February 22, 2018, by Zac Summers, Updated at 10:11PM, February 22, 2018 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Greitens was indicted Thursday on a felony invasion of privacy charge. But what does it all mean legally? And what’s next? FOX 4’s Zac Summers spoke with two metro criminal lawyers to break it all […]

Missouri man faces new charge after sodomy charges dropped

Missouri, December 11, 2016 12:16 PM, The Associated Press TUSCUMBIA, Mo. A south-central Missouri man faces a new charge about a year after a judge ordered authorities to drop charges accusing him of sodomizing an infant. Aaron Michael Fisher, 28, was recently charged with first-degree assault after a judge in October 2015 ordered two charges […]

KCPD failed to investigate child sex, abuse cases, documents reveal

Delays in investigations of major crimes by Kansas City Police Department’s crimes against children unit prompt suspensions of detectives and close scrutiny of the program. The Kansas City Star By Glenn E. Rice grice@kcstar.com and Donna McGuire dmcguire@kcstar.com and Ian Cummings icummings@kcstar.com For years, Kansas City police detectives failed to properly investigate some rapes, serious […]