Murder charge filed in fatal beating outside Kansas City house

02/14/2014 6:53 PM

02/14/2014 6:53 PM

Jackson County prosecutors have accused a Kansas City resident of beating a man in his neighbor’s yard and leaving him there to die despite suggestions that an ambulance be called.

Prosecutors charged Jermaine A. Lane, 34, with second-degree murder in the Jan. 29 death of Rondell E. Robinson, 41, of Kansas City, in the 7000 block of Jackson Avenue.

According to court records and police reports, the neighbor called Lane after Robinson, her ex-boyfriend, showed up at her front door Jan. 28 despite a court’s order saying he had to stay away from her.

Court records allege that Lane, who knows martial arts, stomped on Robinson, put him in a choke hold and knocked him out. Another witness described seeing Lane stomp Robinson hard enough to possibly break his ribs. At one point, that witness told Lane and Lane’s neighbor to call an ambulance or police, but they refused.

That witness left the scene but later called Lane to ask if they had called an ambulance.

“No,” Lane reportedly said.

Asked if Robinson ever woke up, Lane reportedly said, “Yes he did, but I knocked him back out.”

The Jackson County medical examiner ruled Robinson’s cause of death a homicide by multiple blunt force injuries.

When police searched Lane’s home, they found clothing and flip-flops stained with what appeared to be blood, and they found Robinson’s wallet, court records said.

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