Crime

Teen cousins charged with murder in death of man during robbery in Blue Springs

Two teenagers face second-degree murder charges in the death of a man during a home-invasion robbery in Blue Springs early Wednesday. Malik S. Duren, 17, of Kansas City, and Mahki I. Hall, 18, of Grain Valley, also face robbery, burglary and armed criminal action charges.
Two teenagers face second-degree murder charges in the death of a man during a home-invasion robbery in Blue Springs early Wednesday. Malik S. Duren, 17, of Kansas City, and Mahki I. Hall, 18, of Grain Valley, also face robbery, burglary and armed criminal action charges. The Kansas City Star

Two cousins face second-degree murder charges in the death of a 46-year-old Blue Springs man during a home-invasion robbery early Wednesday.

The Jackson County prosecutor has charged Malik S. Duren, 17, of Kansas City, and Mahki I. Hall, 18, of Grain Valley, with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Luis A. Cedres during a burglary.

Both Duren and Hall also face charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and three counts of armed criminal action.

The fatal shooting occurred about 12:35 a.m. Wednesday at an apartment in the 1700 block of Southwest Parkridge Drive.

According to court documents, Hall told police that he, Duren and another cousin went to an apartment where marijuana allegedly was sold. They assumed money was inside, and they planned to rob the occupants.

The cousins knocked on the door and when Cedres unlocked it, the three allegedly forced their way in. The intruders were armed with handguns, and at least two had their faces covered with masks and bandanas.

Two of the robbers went upstairs and confronted the two people they found there, while Duren allegedly remained downstairs with Cedres.

As the robbers upstairs demanded money, one of the victims recognized Hall. The victim called him by name and said he knew him because they went to school together.

Hall allegedly pulled down the bandana and said, “Shut up or I’ll shoot you in the face.”

The robbers took a wallet, makeup bag and cellphones from the people upstairs.

At some point during the robbery, Cedres had gone outside the apartment. A witness returning home told police that a man had Cedres in a headlock in the parking lot.

After a muffled sound was heard, the man wresting with Cedres pointed a gun at the witness, who fled. As the witness ran, he heard three shots.

Hall allegedly told police that when he and the third cousin heard the gunshots, they went downstairs as Duren re-enterd the apartment. He had been shot.

All three robbers then fled in a car and allegedly tossed three handguns out of the vehicle.

Police spotted the car speeding away from the area and tried to pull it over. The driver steered into a ditch near 30th Terrace and Missouri 7 in Independence. Hall and a cousin allegedly fled.

Police found Duren in the car with a gunshot wound to his left armpit area. He was taken to a hospital.

Police arrested Hall later at his father’s house in Grain Valley.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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