Crime

Charges are filed in 2014 Kansas City homicide

Melvin McCaslin was charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm in the death of an Independence man.
Melvin McCaslin was charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm in the death of an Independence man.

A 42-year-old Independence man was charged Tuesday with fatally shooting a man in Kansas City in October.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Melvin M. McCaslin with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm in the death of 39-year-old Samuel A. Hewitt III of Independence.

Hewitt was shot Oct. 24 in the 8600 block of Thompson Avenue.

According to court documents, the men got into a fight before McCaslin allegedly shot Hewitt in the head while he was “unresponsive” on the ground.

McCaslin was on probation in a drug possession case from Cooper County, Mo., at the time. The next week, prosecutors moved to revoke his probation, according to court records.

In December, a judge revoked his probation and ordered him into a state treatment facility in Fulton, Mo., the records show.

On Tuesday, Jackson County prosecutors requested a $250,000 cash bond for McCaslin.

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