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Posted on: January 29, 2021

KC man, 27, charged in fatal shooting of apparent stranger walking home at night

For Immediate Release

Jan. 29, 2021

A 27-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting in November 2019 of a man, David Como, as he walked home from his bus stop in the evening, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Douglas V. Griffin, dob: 11/17/1993, faces Murder 2nd Degree, Robbery 1st Degree and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.*

According to court records, Kansas City police officers responded on Nov. 12, 2019, just past midnight to the area of 56th and Park Avenue, where they found the victim, dob: 5/18/1973, in the street. He had been shot, and the Jackson County Medical Examiner later ruled the death a homicide. Police detectives obtained surveillance video from the KCATA bus that showed the victim getting off the bus at 11:47 p.m. on Nov. 11. A witness told police he normally arrived home about this time and would often take the bus. The victim was walking east on 56th when gunshots were heard a few minutes later. The back left pocket of the victim's pants were swabbed for DNA and in 2020 that DNA was matched to the defendant. In custody on another crime, the defendant admitted to police that he reached into the victim's pocket. He admitted to being involved in the robbery and said someone else shot the victim. In jail calls, the defendant also admitted to his involvement in the crime. 

Prosecutors requested a bond of $250,000 cash.

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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