For Immediate Release
April 6, 2020
An 18-year-old Independence man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting on April 3, 2020, of Nikolas Lampton outside an Independence apartment complex, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Jason A. Belshe Jr., dob: 3/23/2002, faces Murder 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree and two counts of Armed Criminal action.*
According to court records, Independence police responded in the afternoon of April 3 to the 200 block of Sundown Drive on a report of shots fired. Surveillance cameras in the area captured the shooting. The shooter fired at the victim right after he turned to walk away, the video showed. Additional shots were fired as he began to run away. The defendant told police he shot the victim out of concern that the victim might pull a gun on him.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $500,000 cash.
For more information, contact:
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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.