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Posted on: July 17, 2017

KCK man pleads guilty to murder and assault in 2016 killing of girlfriend and wounding of children

For Immediate Release

July 17, 2017

A Kansas City, Kan., man will serve 28 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to murder and assault in 2016 killing of girlfriend, Denise Gayle, and the harming of children in the home, Jackson Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Derrick A. Williams pleaded guilty to Murder 2nd Degree and two counts of Assault 1st Degree as well as three counts of Armed Criminal Action. As part of the agreement, he was sentenced to 28 years on the Murder and 15 years on the other charges. All sentences will run concurrently. 

According to court records, Williams was found by Kansas City police officers outside a building in the 2500 block of Independence Avenue early on July 28, 2016. He was naked. Police found a gun inside the building they found bullet holes and three small children. One told officers he had killed their mother. Her body was found nearby in a bathroom. One child said he hit him with a gun and another witness stated to police that the defendant also put the gun to the head of another child.

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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