Moore told investigators he had suffocated Deaton, whose death already had been ruled a suicide. Moore later recanted after being charged with first-degree murder, saying his confession came as a result of an exorcism. Both Moore and Deaton had been part of a religious group living together in Grandview and reportedly under the strict command of Deaton’s husband, Tyler Deaton.
The murder defendant, who is charged in the April shootings outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom care center in Overland Park, overruled his own attorneys, who wanted to delay an upcoming hearing.
Steven Allen Watts and Clifton B. Cloyd, both of Kansas City, are charged with the holdup of a Bank of America branch at 95th Street and Mission Road. In the robbery Wednesday, employees and a customer were physically assaulted, including being pistol-whipped. Two employees suffered head injuries that required treatment at a hospital.
Court records allege that Jalen J. Randolph and Trevaris D. Rachel, both 21, killed Matthew J. Parker, 17, at his home in the 900 block of Northeast Bristol Drive after going there to purchase marijuana.
Two people were injured during a bank robbery Wednesday at the Bank of America at 95th Street and Mission Road in Overland Park. Although police thought for some time that a suspect might still be in the bank with a hostages, that turned out not to be the case.
Rebecca Taul, 53, was found shot to death in her burning home Sunday. Taul’s former boyfriend, David M. Call, 50, of Kansas City, North, died Monday, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after authorities surrounded a house where he had taken refuge in Gentry County in northwest Missouri.
Jeremy Bolte, 40, of Kansas City, is the former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Lodge 800. He admitted writing 16 unauthorized checks to himself, which he used to pay personal bills.
Miller is charged with capital murder in the April shooting deaths of Terri LaManno, 53, William Lewis Corporon, 69, and Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, outside Jewish facilities in Overland Park. The defense is seeking a continuance of a preliminary hearing scheduled to begin Nov. 12.
Eric M. Bottorff admitted that he misused his law enforcement authority by beating a prisoner at the Clay County Detention Center. Bottorff previously had been acquitted in state court of second-degree assault in the case.
There was humility before God but also an undertone of anger Tuesday at a prayer vigil for Machole Stewart, the 10-year-old girl who was gunned down Sunday night in Kansas City, Kan. Forest Grove Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan., was packed to the balcony with mourners and sympathizers who stood and applauded as speaker after speaker called for justice.
Jackson County prosecutors have charged Melvin L. Conley with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl. In 2002, DNA technology also linked Conley, now 56, to a Kansas City rape that occurred in 1986. Conley pleaded guilty to that crime.