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Posted on: June 5, 2019

A Kansas City teen faces murder charges in connection with Jan. 2019 fatal shooting

For Immediate Release

June 5, 2019

A 17-year-old Kansas City man faces felony charges in connection with the Jan. 6, 2019, fatal shooting of Arkests Grant in the 3900 block of Wabash Avenue, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Joshua B. Gaston, dob: 7/3/2001, faces Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action charges.*

According to court records, Kansas City police responded to the 3900 block of Wabash Avenue in Kansas City on a reported shooting. They found the victim deceased at the scene from gunshots. A family member said the victim was selling marijuana when he was shot. He was supposed to meet a female in front of his residence, but witnesses told police a male teenager approached the victim on foot. Then they heard gunshots and saw the man run away. Police searched the victim's phone and found electronic messages between the defendant and the victim. The Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory revealed that genetic material taken from a spent shell casing at the crime scene matched to the defendant. He told police on Tuesday, when he was taken into custody, that he shot the victim but an unknown man was nearby approaching with a gun.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $150,000 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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