For Immediate Release
March 22, 2017
A Kansas City man has been charged in Monday's double homicide, assault on Blue Parkway, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Robert J. Townsend, dob: 4/11/1986, faces two counts of Murder 2nd Degree, Assault 1st Degree and three counts of Armed Criminal Action.*
According to court records, police found the assault victim in the lobby of the Relax Inn. He advised he had been shot in a car down the street and others inside the vehicle had been shot. Police found the vehicle down a hill in a heavy wooded ditch off Blue Parkway. The deceased victims, Marquis A. Clark and Shakeisha D. Urassa, were found inside the vehicle. Townsend told police he had been in the minivan with four other people when he stated he shot inside the vehicle after hearing shots. Police found no evidence that any shots were fired into the vehicle from the outside.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile: (816) 674-3954
*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.