Second man is charged in shooting death of 20-year-old woman in Independence

A second man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a 20-year-old woman earlier this month at an Independence apartment.

Michael A. Lora, 20, of Blue Springs faces charges of second-degree murder, assault and armed criminal action in the killing of Mary Schmitz.

A man was also wounded and a German Shepherd was killed during the Sept. 18 altercation inside the apartment in the 1100 block of Quail Creek Drive.

Bond was set at $500,000. No court date has been scheduled.

Read Next

Jackson County prosecutors have also charged David A. Harris, 18, of Oak Grove in the shootings.

According to court documents, police went to the apartment shortly before 4 a.m. on a call of shots fired and arrived to hear yelling inside. Two women and a man came out of the apartment and officers went inside to find Schmitz and the dog dead in a living room area and the other victim wounded in the bedroom.

Witnesses told police the shooting may have stemmed from an ongoing conflict over a relationship involving Schmitz.

Prosecutors say a witness identified Lora, who is also known as “Slim” as one of the men who shot Schmitz during an exchange of gunfire inside the apartment.

Related stories from Kansas City Star