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Posted on: January 25, 2021

Keith J. Hernandez, 22, charged in Dec. 4, 2020, fatal shooting in KC

For Immediate Release

Jan. 25, 2021

Keith J. Hernandez, 22, faces multiple felony counts in connection with the Dec. 4, 2020, fatal shooting of Devonta Dunson in Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Hernandez, dob: 1/11/1999, faces Murder 2nd Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Knowingly Burning and Tampering with Physical Evidence.*

According to court records, the victim was shot twice while sitting in his vehicle and the shooting was captured on video. Both defendant and victim were in the vehicle at the time of at least the first shot. The shooting occurred in front of the defendant's residence. Shortly after the shooting the Defendant entered the residence and told his girlfriend that the victim got what he deserved. Blood was apparent on the defendant's clothing, a witness told police. The defendant then moved the victim's vehicle and set it on fire with the victim's body inside. He went to New Mexico and changed his phone. Testing of the defendant's vehicle found very strong support that the victim's DNA was on fingermarks found on the edge of the defendant's vehicle door on the driver's side.

Defendant was recently taken into custody. Prosecutors requested a $250,000 cash bond.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

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.

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