A 32-year-old man shot to death in south Kansas City last weekend had a murder conviction in his background — and both killings involved marijuana deals, according to court records.
Hollis Burgin III died after the shooting last Saturday in the 3300 block of Bridge Manor Drive. Police found him sitting in the driver’s seat of a Lincoln MKZ.
On Friday, authorities charged Timothy A. Stanfield, 19, with second-degree murder.
According to court records, Stanfield shot Burgin while they sat in the Lincoln outside a south Kansas City residence. Before the shooting, Burgin and another man drove Stanfield to a convenience store so he could get money from an ATM, allegedly to buy marijuana.
As Burgin retrieved the marijuana, Stanfield shot him in the back of the head and fled, according to court records.
Investigators linked Stanfield to the shooting from cellphone calls Burgin made and from surveillance video at the ATM. The video showed a man wearing clothes similar to what Stanfield was wearing when police arrested him.
Seven years ago, Jackson County prosecutors charged Burgin with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Rodney Kemp, 37, a father of four who had grown up in Kansas City but moved to Columbia. The shooting occurred Jan. 5, 2009, in the 7400 block of College Avenue.
Before dying, Kemp uttered, “Bubba shot me. Bubba set me up,” which was recorded on an officer’s microphone connected to his patrol car video camera, prosecutors said.
Kemp’s relatives told police they knew Burgin by the nickname Bubba.
Authorities said Kemp had agreed to meet Burgin to set up the purchase of 35 to 40 pounds of marijuana. Witnesses heard a loud argument, then several gunshots.
Burgin received probation because the case hinged on the victim’s dying statement. A Jackson County judge ordered Burgin to serve a three-year sentence for armed criminal action.