A Jackson County jury on Friday found a Kansas City man not guilty of first-degree murder.
In November 2014, prosecutors charged Dewayne Toombs in the shooting death of a man following a confrontation at a convenience store that later continued at a residence.
Toombs initially faced second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges in the Oct. 12, 2014, death of Christopher Mansaw, 37. The murder charge later was changed to first-degree murder.
Police said Mansaw was standing in front of a house in the 3000 block of College Avenue when several males approached him and one shot him. Officers sent to the scene were flagged down by witnesses who said their father had been shot.
Officers found Mansaw sprawled in front of the residence.
According to court records, witnesses told investigators they had been confronted by four males inside a convenience store. They said Toombs was very aggressive and tried to push one of them out of the store. One of the males told Toombs that one of the witnesses was not whom he was looking for.
The males and Toombs then left the store.
A short time later, the same group arrived at Mansaw’s house. A witness and Mansaw were talking to them when the shooting occurred.
Several witnesses later identified Toombs as the shooter, according to court records.
“This was a very difficult case from all angles,” said Molly Hastings, a Kansas City lawyer who, with colleague Keith O’Connor, defended Toombs.
“I am incredibly thankful to the jury, and I have a lot of respect for the prosecutors in this process. But I feel very strongly that the evidence that was presented supported a not guilty verdict.”