Crime

KC woman faces charges tied to fatal shooting of Lee’s Summit man

Rahnesha A. Carson, 21, of Kansas City, allegedly drove the accused killer to the shopping center where Jacob A. Brantner of Lee’s Summit was killed in April.
Rahnesha A. Carson, 21, of Kansas City, allegedly drove the accused killer to the shopping center where Jacob A. Brantner of Lee’s Summit was killed in April. Kansas City Police Department

Jackson County prosecutors on Wednesday accused a 21-year-old woman of robbery in the shooting death of a Lee’s Summit man who tried to sell a gun in the parking lot of a Kansas City shopping center.

Rahnesha A. Carson of Kansas City was also charged with interfering with investigators, leaving the scene of a shooting and tampering with evidence in the April 3 slaying of Jacob A. Brantner of Lee’s Summit.

Carson is being held on $100,000 bond.

Prosecutors said Carson drove Fazon K. Swinton, who is accused in the fatal shooting, to the shopping center where the incident occurred.

According to court records, investigators uncovered Carson’s involvement in the shooting through an exchange of text messages she had with Swinton.

Swinton allegedly made arrangements to purchase a handgun from Brantner. The two met in the parking lot outside of a grocery store.

Swinton reportedly tried to take the handgun from Brantner without paying for it.

The men wrestled over the gun before Swinton allegedly grabbed it and ran.

Both Brantner and Swinton pulled handguns and reportedly fired at each other. One bullet struck Brantner, killing him.

After the shooting, Carson allegedly drove Swinton to her house, where she tried to tend to his injuries using duct tape. She then drove Swinton to the hospital.

Carson later got rid of the car, according to court records.

In May, prosecutors charged Swinton was second-degree murder and robbery in the shooting death.

Glenn E. Rice: 816-234-4341, @GRicekcstar

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