Jackson County prosecutors have accused a 33-year-old man of shooting a former friend to death on the balcony of a party house in the Northeast area of Kansas City over Labor Day weekend.
Police on Saturday arrested Terron R. Hooks of Kansas City. Prosecutors announced Monday they had filed charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action against Hooks in the death of Willie J. Marshall, 33.
Hooks and Marshall were friends who had a falling out, said homicide Sgt. Joe Mabin. The men happened to encounter each other at the party house in the 300 block of Belmont Boulevard about 4:50 a.m. Sept. 1, Mabin said. Hooks allegedly attacked Marshall shortly after spotting him, Mabin said.
Witnesses told police that Hooks, whom they knew as “T-Rex,” hit Marshall until Marshall fell. Hooks then allegedly shot Marshall and fled, they said, according to court records.
Police identified “T-Rex” as Hooks and linked his cellphone to towers near the party house at the time of the killing. His cellphone was listed under the name “Rexx Johnson,” according to court records.
The house had been remodeled to be a party house, police said, with the main floor outfitted with a bar; a sliding glass door led out to the wooden balcony. A stripper pole is in the basement, police said.