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Posted on: October 2, 2017

Second man charged in fatal I-70 shooting in Independence

For Immediate Release

Oct. 2, 2017

A second man has been charged in the fatal I-70 shooting in Independence, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Donovan L. James, dob: 6/5/1999, of Kansas City faces Murder 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Armed Criminal Action.*

According to court records, Independence police responded on Sept. 29, 2017, to a reported shooting near Noland Road and Interstate 70 in Independence, after an officer heard gun shots. A driver alerted them to which vehicle was involved. Later, reports at a nearby Quik Trip alerted police that Phillip Anderson had been shot and had died. Witnesses told police that the victim and a defendant had exchanged words at a nearby gas station before shots were fired between the vehicles. James leaned out the back of a passenger window and shot at the other vehicle, witnesses told police. James admitted he fired shots near I-70 and Noland Road. 

A co-defendant was charged over the weekend.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $200,000 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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