Homicide

Man found dead in backyard of KC home is identified as resident’s ex-boyfriend

Updated: 2014-01-31T00:52:53Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City police on Thursday identified a man found dead in a woman’s backyard as the woman’s ex-boyfriend, Rondell E. Robinson, 41.

Police also announced Thursday that they were investigating the death as a homicide. Detectives searched a next-door neighbor’s home Wednesday night but had not been able to find the neighbor.

The woman returned home from work at 7 a.m. Wednesday and discovered Robinson’s body in her backyard in the 7000 block of Jackson Avenue. Police were waiting for a medical examiner’s ruling on the cause of death.

Police have been called to the woman’s house numerous times in recent years, the most recent in December after someone set the woman’s home on fire. Damage was limited to her front porch. During that crime, someone also broke her car window and poured ignitable liquid into the car.

Police also were called to the home on reports of Robinson violating court-issued full orders of protection. In 2011, police were called three times in one night after Robinson reportedly visited the home wanting to talk with the resident. She ignored him and called police. Each time officers left, he returned, according to police.

The next morning, the woman found someone had shoved sticks into her car door locks.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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