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‘He was getting nervous’: Murder suspect free on bond knew witness shot on Sunday

By Joe Robertson And Glenn E. Rice, jrobertson@kcstar.com, grice@kcstar.com Updated November 19, 2018 03:39 PM Though she was to be a state’s witness, Sarah Simms had promised accused murderer Michael T. Dumas again and again that she’d be on his side in court, a friend said. But Sunday morning, 49 days before Dumas was to […]



Johnson County, Mo., woman convicted of manslaughter for husband’s shooting death

By Kaitlyn Schwers, kschwers@kcstar.com Updated November 16, 2018 09:30 PM A Johnson County, Mo., woman charged with killing her estranged husband last year avoided a conviction of second-degree murder but was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday. Jema Donahue was accused of fatally shooting her husband, 31-year-old Javon Donahue, and burying his body in a […]



Jema Donahue convicted on five charges in murder case

SUE STERLING Staff writer Nov 19, 2018 Updated Nov 19, 2018 WARRENSBURG — A jury in Johnson County Circuit Court rejected arguments that Jema Donahue, 32, acted in self-defense and found her guilty Friday, Nov. 16, of five felony charges stemming from the April 14, 2017, shooting death of her husband, Javon Donahue. A nine-woman, […]



Westport shooting may be among cases missing evidence after KC police warehouse fire

 By Joe Robertson and Glenn E. Rice,  JRobertson@kcstar.com GRice@kcstar.com  September 13, 2018 05:17 PM Criminal trials may go on hold and attorneys are worrying about lost evidence three weeks after a fire damaged one of the Kansas City Police Department’s evidence storage rooms. Cases where evidence may be compromised include a double sexual-assault trial, the […]



Jackson County will pay $150,000 to family of man who died after chair restraint

 By Mike Hendricks mhendricks@kcstar.com April 30, 2018 06:01 PM Jackson County will pay $150,000 to settle the wrongful death claim filed by the family of a man who died of a drug overdose after being placed in a restraint chair last summer at the Jackson County Detention Center. Richard DeGraffenreid, 35, was arrested on a parole […]



3 people accused of murder in KC likely to be released, over prosecutor’s objections

By Max Londberg jlondberg@kcstar.com August 08, 2018 09:27 PM Three alleged murderers from two separate incidents in Kansas City were granted lower bonds on Wednesday and are all likely to be released, according to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. Christopher L. Jones, 37, and Markell Pinkins, 22, face second-degree murder and other charges in […]



Starving dogs turned to cannibalism. Their Johnson County owner is jailed — again

By Tony Rizzo trizzo@kcstar.com Updated April 25, 2018 02:20 PM A dog seen trotting down a path with another dog’s head in its mouth led Johnson County authorities to a horrible site. Eleven dead and dying animals were found on property owned by Julie Bernet, a Johnson County breeder of expensive German shepherds imported from […]



Jackson County will pay $150,000 to family of man who died after chair restraint

By Mike Hendricks, mhendricks@kcstar.com Updated April 30, 2018 06:16 PM Jackson County will pay $150,000 to settle the wrongful death claim filed by the family of a man who died of a drug overdose after being placed in a restraint chair last summer at the Jackson County Detention Center. Richard DeGraffenreid, 35, was arrested on […]



After man’s body decomposed in KCI lot for months, family alleges negligence in suit

By Max Londberg jlondberg@kcstar.com Updated April 20, 2018 05:24 PM The family of a man whose body decomposed in a KCI parking lot for months is suing the company responsible for monitoring vehicles in the lot. SP+ Corporation and two of its employees are named as defendants in the suit, which was filed Friday by […]



Murder charges filed in I-70 shooting in Independence

Murder charges filed in I-70 shooting in Independence | The Kansas City Star By Toriano Porter, tporter@kcstar.com September 30, 2017 7:59 PM Michael T. Dumas, 26, was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action one day after a man was found shot to death in a car in the parking lot of an Independence […]