Crime

Parolee freed from KCK murder charge last year; now he's charged in Kansas City death

After two Wyandotte County juries could not convict a parolee in the 2015 killing of an Overland Park woman, he was released last fall from jail.

Now Antoine R. Fielder is charged in the shooting death of a woman in Kansas City just months later.

Fielder, 30, was charged Tuesday in Jackson County in the Dec. 26 killing of Rosemarie Harmon, whose body was found in the 600 block of Spruce Avenue. Fielder also faces assault and armed criminal action charges in the shooting of a male friend of Harmon's.

Fielder had been released from jail in Wyandotte County after a second mistrial last July in the Kansas City, Kan., murder case. Prosecutors dismissed the murder charge Sept. 29.

Prosecutors in Jackson and Wyandotte counties have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon to announce the criminal charges and release new details surrounding other felonies.

According to court records, Harmon approached a dark-colored, four-door vehicle on Spruce Avenue in Kansas City but quickly ran away and then dove behind a couch that was outside. The car sped away but returned a minute later as Harmon's friend checked to see if she was injured. Fielder stepped out of the car and fired several gunshots at the friend, striking him as he ran away.

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Rosemarie Harmon Legacy.com

Fielder stood over Harmon and fired several shots at her, the court documents allege. Harmon died at the scene. Her friend was treated at a hospital.

The incident was captured on video surveillance, court records stated.

After the shooting, Kansas City, Kan., police investigators alerted Kansas City homicide detectives that they had identified Fielder as a possible suspect in Harmon's killing.

KCK police also had identified Fielder as a suspect in a Dec. 18 armed carjacking in their city in which a 9mm Beretta handgun was stolen.

When Kansas City police arrested Fielder on Dec. 30, they found a 9mm beneath the driver's seat of the car he was driving, court documents allege.

Kansas City homicide detectives later learned the 9mm handgun recovered from Fielder matched shell casings collected at the shooting on Spruce Avenue, the court documents state.

A woman later told Kansas City police that three days after the Harmon shooting she met up with Fielder to "party" on Independence Avenue and was held by gunpoint.

Fielder showed the woman news coverage on his cellphone of four homicides he said committed, court documents say.

The first homicide was "Rosie's," referring to Rosemarie Harmon. Fielder allegedly told the woman that he "put that bitch in the ground and her man in the hospital," according to court records.

The court records do not say what the other three homicides were thought to be.

In 2015, Fielder was charged in Wyandotte County with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 22-year-old woman.

Kelsey Ewonus, of Overland Park, was found inside a car parked in an out-of-the-way area just west of State Line Road and a few blocks north of University of Kansas Hospital.

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Kelsey Ewonus Kansas City, Kan., Police Department


He went to trial twice, and both times a mistrial was declared after jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict. After the second mistrial last July, prosecutors dismissed the case and Fielder was released from jail.

Fielder was booked back into the Wyandotte County Jail on Jan. 3, on charges filed in two cases, according to court records.

He was charged Dec. 27, the day after the Jackson County homicide, with committing a robbery in Kansas City, Kan. in the alleged carjacking. Fielder also is charged in that case with being a felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated intimidation of a witness.

In a second case, Wyandotte County prosecutors charged him with committing several crimes last Dec. 29: aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm. His bond in each Wyandotte County case is set at $500,000.

Police have not said what crimes those charges relate to.

According to Kansas Department of Corrections charges, Fielder previously served time in prison on felony drug charges.

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