A 36-year-old Kansas City man has been charged with murder in the 2013 shooting death of David Ruth, who was apparently killed during a burglary at his Northland home.
A Clay County grand jury returned an indictment against Shane R. McNair with charges including second-degree murder in connection with the case. McNair was arraigned Thursday with bond set at $1 million.
The killing of Ruth, a 47-year-old custom cabinet maker, at his Northland home had been an open case for years. He was home alone on June 29, 2013, at the house he shared with his girlfriend in the 4700 block of North Bennington Avenue when someone broke in, killed him and stole firearms, valuables and his pickup truck.
Police later found the truck abandoned more than 11 miles away, off Interstate 435 and Sni-a-Bar Road.
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Ruth’s body was found that weekend, after his girlfriend, who was out of town tending to a family situation, could not reach him by phone and asked a relative to check on him.
In addition to the murder charge, McNair also faces two counts of armed criminal action and single counts of burglary, stealing and arson.
McNair has spent time in Missouri prisons for burglary and auto theft. He is scheduled to appear in court again March 24.