Independence man charged in Kansas City fatal shooting
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Jackson County prosecutors have charged an Independence man in the shooting death of a man in October.
Forty-two-year-old Melvin M. McCaslin is charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. He's accused of fatally shooting 39-year-old Samuel A. Hewitt III on Oct. 24 in Kansas City.
Court documents state the men got into a fight before McCaslin allegedly shot Hewitt in the head while he was "unresponsive" on the ground.
The Kansas City Star reports McCaslin was on probation in a drug possession case from Cooper County at the time. A judge revoked his probation in December and ordered him into a state treatment facility in Fulton.
It wasn't immediately known if McCaslin has an attorney.