Independence man charged in Kansas City fatal shooting

4 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Wednesday, February 25 2015 Feb 25, 2015 Wednesday, February 25, 2015 3:50:16 AM CST February 25, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.

 

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