KC Prosecutors Close Case On 1970s Murder
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Jackson County prosecutor said she won't file charges in the decades-old murder of a Kansas City civil rights leader. Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said she is closing the investigation into the death of Leon Jordan, a former Kansas
City police officer who was gunned down in 1970.
Jordan was also co-founder of the black political club Freedom Inc. The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that police have identified the main suspect as James Dearborn, former leader of a Kansas City group known as the "Black Mafia." Dearborn was indicted in the Jordan killing in the early 1970s, but was never tried. He was murdered in 1985.
Baker said a prosecution in the case at this point would be "impossible" because Dearborn and witnesses are dead.
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