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Posted on: October 9, 2018

KC man charged in Saturday fatal shooting near 9th and Olive

For Immediate Release

Oct. 9, 2018

A 24-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in the Saturday fatal shooting of Jesse Young who was found on the steps of a residence in the 2300 block of 9th Street, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Marlawn D. Betts, dob: 5/7/1994, faces Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action charges.*

According to court records, Kansas City police found the victim at the bottom of the steps near 2320 E. 9th Street. His death was ruled a homicide. The suspect told police that the victim threw a backpack and a punch at him with his right hand, while he shot at him with a gun in his left. The defendant said he fired two shots at the victim and left the scene.  But police found no evidence to support the victim being armed with a gun. And no witness stated the victim was armed.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $250,000 cash only.

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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