Homicide victim predicted his own demise

Two days before Javonte Slayden was lured out of a relative’s house and fatally shot in Kansas City, he gave a photo of his alleged killer to a friend.

If anything happened to him, Slayden told his friend on April 4, look for the people in the photograph to be responsible, according to court records released Tuesday.

The men in the photograph were after him, Slayden said, because they thought he had stolen narcotics from them.

On Tuesday, prosecutors announced they had charged one of the men in the photo, Deandre Whitley, 22, of Kansas City, with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He has been in jail since Friday.

The newly released court records detail how Slayden, 18, correctly predicted his own demise.

His cellphone showed he had been sending text messages since early April to friends, looking for money, a gun for protection and a place to hide out.

On April 4, when he gave the photo to his friend, he said he thought someone was going to try to lure him outside to make him accessible to be killed by somebody in the photo.

Two days later at 11:41 p.m., Whitley called Slayden. The men argued, according to a woman at the house in the 4900 block of Agnes Avenue where Slayden was staying. She told police Slayden walked out her back door, then she heard gunshots at 11:44 p.m. Police later found Slayden’s body in a neighbor’s front yard.

Court records say Whitley told police he lured Slayden outside under the ruse of selling him marijuana. Whitley exited his car, walked up to Slayden and shot him twice with a .40-caliber handgun, according to the records. Whitley said he then stood over Slayden’s body and fired more bullets into his body.

Police found two kinds of shell casings at the murder scene, .40 caliber and .45 caliber. Investigators also found Slayden’s cellphone and a .38-caliber gun near his body.

Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate.