A 41-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man who was found sprawled and pantless on the side of a street in southeast Kansas City.
Jackson County Circuit Court records indicate Antonio Maurice Miles of Kansas City also is charged with armed criminal action in the slaying of James L. Hines, 34, on July 17 in the 7600 block of East 79th Street.
Police found Hines with a gunshot wound to the head. His cellphone was on the ground beside him, and his pants were missing.
A witness told investigators that Miles showed up at her job in Liberty. The witness said Miles was intoxicated and agitated and smelled of PCP or formaldehyde, according to court records.
Miles told the witness that he had picked up Hines and driven him to Swope Park, according to court records. Once there, Miles reportedly told Hines, “Let’s get out of the car and smoke a dip (PCP).”
Miles shot Hines, prosecutors say, took the victim’s pants and threw them away at a car wash on Troost Avenue. Miles then discarded the clothes he was wearing in a trash bin behind a restaurant in Liberty, court records say.
Police later found clothes allegedly belonging to Miles in a white trash bag inside the bin. The victim’s blood and DNA from Miles were found on the clothes, according to court records.