Murder charge filed in killing outside City Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

02/14/2014 6:24 PM

02/14/2014 6:24 PM

A 23-year-old Shawnee man was charged Friday in the fatal shooting of a man outside City Hall in Kansas City, Kan., last month.

Wyandotte County prosecutors charged Jeffrey Wayne Platt Jr. with premeditated first-degree murder in the Jan. 16 killing of 40-year-old Marlon J. Williams.

Williams, who also lived in Shawnee, had gone to court that day to pay parking tickets, family members said. He was shot while in an outdoor passageway behind City Hall in the 700 block of North Seventh Street.

At the time, Williams’ mother said she suspected it had to do with a pending criminal case in which he was a witness.

Platt is a defendant in a case filed in January 2013 in which he is charged with aggravated assault using a deadly weapon and criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling, according to Wyandotte County District Court records.

One of the subpoenaed witnesses in the case is listed as M.J. Williams.

Prosecutors did not confirm if that was Marlon J. Williams, but an official with the district attorney’s office said Friday that Platt and Williams had known each other “for some time.”

“There is no reason to suggest that the shooting was random,” the official said in an email.

Platt was free on bond in the earlier case at the time Williams was shot.

His bond in the murder case is set at $1 million. He is being held in the Wyandotte County Jail.

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