Three charged with murder in failed November robbery

Jackson County prosecutors accused three men of participating in a botched robbery in November that ended in a shootout that killed their robbery target.

One of the suspects was shot in the leg during the incident that killed Willis O. Todd, 31, on Nov. 10 in a parking lot in the 2100 block of Lexington Avenue.

Prosecutors charged Albert G. Chase, 21; Reginald D. London Jr., 23; and Marlon L. McMillian, 21, each with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

According to court records released Thursday, Chase, London and McMillian drank and smoked marijuana while plotting to rob Todd of his money or drugs. They allegedly drove around looking for Todd before confronting him at an apartment complex.

Todd saw the men coming for him, according to court records.

“Don’t come over here with that (expletive),” Todd said.

The suspects began firing at Todd, police allege. One of Todd’s friends or relatives shot back, hitting Chase three times in the leg.

Kansas City police arrested the suspects this week as part of a new collaborative effort called the Kansas City No Violence Alliance.