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KC man charged in fatal Westport stabbing of homeless man

For Immediate Release

July 21, 2017

A Kansas City man faces Murder 2nd Degree charge for the Wednesday fatal stabbing of Jorge Sanchez outside a Westport business, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Kenneth Michael Tillson, dob: 5/22/1969, faces Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action charges.*

According to court records, Kansas City police responded to the area of Westport Road and Southwest Trafficway on a reported stabbing. The defendant was taken into custody at the scene. Witnesses stated the victim and defendant had been hanging out, drinking throughout the day. A witness said he observed the defendant strike the victim with a knife. The victim limped through the parking lot and came into a business, where persons spotted him bleeding and called 911. One witness stated he saw the defendant standing over the victim, kicking and screaming at him. The defendant stated that he and the victim had been arguing about a woman. Police recovered a knife from the defendant.

Prosecutors requested a $75,000 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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