Crime

Another man is charged in connection to Independence woman's slaying in home

William H. York
William H. York

A second man has been charged in connection to the slaying of Abigail Edwards, a 20-year-old woman shot last week inside an Independence home.

William H. York was charged Tuesday with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, in connection to the shooting. Tristen Bishop faces the same charge.

York is also charged with armed criminal action.

Independence police found Edwards dead inside a home in the 500 block of South Oxford Avenue on Thursday. She suffered from a gunshot wound to the head.

During an interview with police, York said another person was responsible for the shooting before asking for a lawyer.

In an earlier interview, police wrote, Bishop said he and York fired rounds from pistols at the residence where Edwards was found. Bishop said York began firing, so he he did, too.

Bishop said he didn't intend for Edwards to be killed.

Tristen Bishop_fitted.jpeg
Tristen W. Bishop Missouri Department of Corrections

The shooting may have stemmed from a feud over a stolen vehicle, according to court records.

A witness told police that York had stolen a vehicle from him. York's parent's residence then burned down, and York thought the witness was responsible, the witness said.

There had been shootings at the residence prior to Thursday, the witness added, but no one had reported them to police.

York's bond was set at $500,000.

Police are investigating an overnight shooting at home in Independence that left one person dead. Police responded to reports of a shooting at a home in the 500 block of South Oxford Avenue about 12:35 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018.

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