Man charged with murder in his stepfather’s killing in Overland Park

Phillip Stanley
Phillip Stanley

A 31-year-old man was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his stepfather in Overland Park.

Phillip J. Stanley was charged in Johnson County District Court with killing of 62-year-old Henry Gates Jr.

Bond for Stanley was set at $1 million.

Overland Park police said officers answered a 911 call about 1:25 a.m. Wednesday in the 9200 block of Nieman Road concerning a verbal disturbance, said Officer John Lacy, a spokesman for the Overland Park Police Department.

The caller, Stanley’s mother, called 911 and frantically told police dispatchers that her son and husband were arguing, Lacy said.

As officers approached the townhome, they heard gunshots and took cover. The mother was on the phone with dispatchers and told them her son had shot his stepfather, Lacy said.

Shortly after the shooting, Stanley left the townhome. He followed officers’ commands and surrendered. Police arrested him.

Police then went into the townhome and found that Gates had died from gunshot wounds, Lacy said. A weapon was found inside the home.

Lacy said he didn’t know why the two had been arguing.

Jail records list a Kansas City address for Stanley.

Jackson County court records show that he is currently facing an auto theft charge.

In that case, he allegedly took a car from a used car dealer’s lot in central Kansas City in December 2015.

The car was equipped with a GPS tracking device, and police found it and him a short time later, and he was arrested, according to court documents.

He has prior convictions for resisting arrest and distribution of a controlled substance, according to court records.

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

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc