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Murder charge filed against Cass County man. He was on probation for previous assault, records show

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A 41-year-old Cass County man recently placed on probation in an assault case is accused of stabbing a man to death during a fight Friday.

John W. Adams, of Raymore, is charged with first-degree murder.

The killing happened around 4:30 p.m. Friday at a home in the 1000 block of North Jerry Avenue near Raymore.

According to a news release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call about a disturbance. The caller said Adams, the caller’s estranged husband, broke into the home and was fighting with another man who was there.

During the fight, Adams allegedly stabbed the man with a knife and fled the scene.

Personnel from the South Metro Fire Department arrived and began treating the victim, but he died from his injuries.

The victim was identified as 44-year-old Brian A. Kile, of Raymore.

About two hours after the stabbing, deputies located Adams at a home in the 7000 block of East 160th Street in Belton and took him into custody.

He remained at the Cass County jail on Saturday with bond set at $250,000 cash.

The sheriff’s office is investigating Kile’s death as a homicide.

Two assault cases are pending against Adams in Cass County from prior incidents, according to online court records.

In a third case filed earlier this year, records show Adams pleaded guilty to second-degree domestic assault on Nov. 29 and was given a suspended seven-year prison sentence and five years’ of supervised probation.

Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.

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