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Posted on: July 18, 2021

KC man sentenced to 20-plus years for fatal stabbing

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July 18, 2021

A 20-year-old Kansas City man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action in connection with the 2018 fatal stabbing of Deandrea R. Vine, who was found deceased in front a residence in South Kansas City after she had been stabbed multiple times, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Xzavier C. McDowell, dob: 8/27/2000, pleaded guilty in February 2020 to Murder 2nd Degree  and Armed Criminal Action. The state requested 25 years in prison. The judge on Friday sentenced McDowell to 23 years on the Murder 2nd Degree conviction and 5 years on the Armed Criminal Action conviction. The judge set the sentences to run concurrently.

According to court records, police found the victim outside a residence in the 8500 block of East 92nd Street. She had been stabbed multiple times. A vehicle in the driveway had a large amount of blood inside it. Earlier that day, July 28, 2018, family members had seen the victim with a younger man with a backpack. Family members stated the victim had met the young male at work. Management at that work location told police she had been in a relationship with a man identified as the defendant, Xzavier McDowell. The defendant told police he had been at the victim's residence the night she was stabbed to death. He stated he stabbed her several times because "she had to die." He then fled and hid the knife, he stated. When he got home he took a shower and burned the clothes he was wearing in the backyard. Police, after obtaining a search warrant, found traces of blood in the defendant's residence and what appeared to be ashes from clothing in the back yard.

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

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