Crime

Jackson County prosecutors charge KC man in May 10 shooting

A 29-year-old man is accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man near the intersection of 11th Street and Prospect Avenue.

Jackson County prosecutors also charged Willie Warren, of Kansas City, with armed criminal action in the fatal shooting of Caheemi Littlejohn on May 10.

Prosecutors asked that bond be set at $250,000.

According to allegations in court records:

Kansas City police officers patrolling the area near 11th and Prospect were flagged down by a pedestrian who pointed to Littlejohn lying in the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police recovered three spent .40-caliber shell casings nearby.

The pedestrian said Littlejohn had been shot by a man in a small, red four-door Saturn. Investigators later obtained security video from a resident near the shooting that showed Littlejohn stepping out of a Ford Taurus near 11th Street and Prospect. Less than a minute later, a red Saturn was spotted westbound on 11th Street.

The owner of the Taurus said she gave Littlejohn a ride and let him out at 11th Street. The woman said she heard gunshots moments later, looked in her rear-view mirror and saw a man, later identified as Warren, with his arm extended moments before she saw Littlejohn fall to the ground.

Investigators later traced the license plate on the Saturn to Warren, who was later arrested. Warren allegedly told investigators that he had visited a relative the day of the shooting. However, the relative reportedly said he wasn’t sure Warren had been at his residence that day.

Detectives recovered a handgun under the couch at the residence and determined it was the same weapon that was fired at 11th and Prospect. A license plate reader detected the Saturn driven by Warren was near the crime scene on the day of the shooting.

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

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