For Immediate Release
April 9, 2021
A Jackson County jury on Thursday convicted a Kansas City man of Murder 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action charges in connection with the April 2018 fatal stabbing of his father, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
The jury recommended a prison sentence of life without parole and 15 years on the second armed criminal action conviction. Formal sentencing is set for June 24.
According to court records, Independence Police Department officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of S. Lynn Court in Independence. Lee met officers at the door. Police found brothers Clyde and Charles Burtin in the residence. Both appeared to have stab wounds. A large knife with apparent dried blood on the blade was located inside. Lee told police that his father and uncle were arguing. Lee stated he went into his father's bedroom and they smoked a cigarette. Lee advised his dad, "It's going to be you or me," he told police. Lee stated he grabbed the knife and stabbed his father.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Hallie Williams, Jeremy Baldwin and Kent Stejskal prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Missouri.
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*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.