One of three teens accused in the death of a middle school student at a south Kansas City water park pleaded guilty Monday, the day his trial was to begin in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Dominic McDaniel, 19, had been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the slaying of Alexis Kane, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Smith-Hale Middle School.
McDaniel pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. As part of the plea agreement, McDaniel admitted he acted in concert with others.
No sentencing date has been set. Defense attorney Patrick Peters declined to comment on his client’s guilty plea.
Alexis was beaten and shot to death Jan. 11, 2015, at The Bay Water Park in the 7100 block of Longview Road in south Kansas City. Friends told police that she was killed after meeting someone she had been communicating with on Facebook, according to court documents.
Isaac M. Carter and Ce-Antonyo D. Kennedy, both 18, also were arrested following an extensive search by Kansas City police and FBI agents. The two remain charged with first-degree murder in the slaying.
Authorities have not revealed the motive behind the slaying or how Alexis met her alleged killers.
According to court documents:
Friends told investigators that hours before she was killed, Alexis was communicating on Facebook with someone identified as “Malik.”
The friends said that they drove Alexis to the 7-Eleven at 10615 Blue Ridge Blvd. after she made arrangements to meet someone there. They later tried to persuade Alexis not to get into the car but she did anyway.
They tried to follow the car, a white four-door Chrysler occupied by two men with dreadlocks, but they lost sight of it. Surveillance video showed Alexis getting into the car just before 4 a.m. the day of the slaying.
Surveillance video later obtained from The Bay Water Park showed a light-colored vehicle, similar to a Chrysler, stopping in the parking lot just before 5 a.m. that day. The video showed Alexis being beaten and shot.
Weeks later, investigators spoke with a witness who said that Carter and McDaniel picked Alexis up at the 7-Eleven and drove her to an apartment in Grandview. There they met up with Kennedy.
The group then drove to the water park, where Kennedy pistol-whipped Alexis and Carter shot her multiple times.
McDaniel allegedly admitted to being with Carter when they picked her up. He said that Kennedy hit her in the face with the pistol before firing about five shots at her. Carter then allegedly grabbed the gun and fired more shots.