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Teen is 5th young person charged in shooting death of 25-year-old Belton man

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An 18-year-old Kansas City man was the fifth person — and the fourth teenager — to be charged in the shooting death of 25-year-old Timothy Hunter last week in Belton, police said Sunday in a news release.

The Cass County prosecutor on Sunday charged Andre Alonzo McKinney III with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, two counts of armed criminal action and forgery, police said. His bond was set at $150,000.

The same charges were filed Saturday against Crishon Marquese Willis, 19, of Grandview, Makayla Marie Davis, 18, of Grandview, Shane M. Pierce, 20, of Kansas City and Alea Marie Campbell, 18, of Belton. Their bonds were set at $150,000, except for Willis’, which was set at $250,000.

Willis, Davis, Pierce and Campbell were being held in the Cass County jail. McKinney was in custody but had not been transferred to Cass County jail yet.

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Crishon Marquese Willis, 19, of Grandview; Shane M. Pierce, 20, of Kansas City;Andre Alonzo McKinney III, 18, of Kansas City; Alea Marie Campbell, 18, of Belton; and Makayla Marie Davis, 18, of Grandview were each charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, forgery and two counts of armed criminal action in connection to the fatal shooting of Timothy Hunter, 25, of Belton, on Sept. 4, 2019, in Belton. Belton Police Department

The charges stemmed from the deadly shooting of Hunter Wednesday night. Police responded to the shooting about 11:30 p.m. at an apartment building at 1015 North Scott Avenue and found Hunter. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Metropolitan Area Major Case Squad was activated to investigated the shooting.

Court records were unavailable Sunday to provide details about what led up to the shooting. Attempts to reach relatives or other representatives of the suspects were not immediately successful.

Family members, who knew Hunter as “Timmy,” set up a GoFundMe page after the killing to raise money for a funeral.

“Words can’t describe the pain my family feels right now. This was so sudden,” Krystal Hunter, the victim’s sister, wrote on the online fundraising page. “My brother had his faults, but no one deserves this.”

Hunter’s death is Belton’s third homicide of the year, according to data kept by The Star.

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The Star has been following the story of the shooting since last week, when police reported the homicide. Belton police this weekend distributed news releases announcing the arrests and the charges against five suspects. The announcements included booking photos.

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.
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