Suspect convicted in Raytown woman’s death

A Kansas City man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2010 killing of a Raytown woman.

A Jackson County jury this week found Tawanda Kunonga guilty in the death of Latoya Hopkins, 33, who was stabbed and beaten with a meat tenderizer in June 2010 at her home in the 6700 block of Elm Avenue.

According to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, whose office handled the case as a special prosecutor, Kunonga was a former boyfriend of Hopkins. Investigators found his fingerprint and palm print in her blood at the crime scene, according to testimony. And his DNA was found at the scene, the attorney general’s office said.

Kunonga, 29, who represented himself at trial, faces a sentence of life in prison with no parole. A sentencing date was scheduled for Dec. 4.

Tony Rizzo, trizzo@kcstar.com