For immediate release
May 6, 2016
A 15-year-old Kansas City youth faces two sets of felony charges related to the homicide on Feb. 15, 2016 of Jaiair Strong and the March firing of gunshots into a vehicle near Central High School, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Demarco J. Summers, dob: 6/8/2000, faces Robbery 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action related to the Feb. 15, 2016 involving Strong. Summers also faces Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Armed Criminal Action, Tampering With Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree, and Resisting Arrest related to events on March 7, 2016.*
According to court records, police were dispatched to apartments on E. 39th Terrace in Kansas City and found the victim, Jaiair Strong, had been shot in the chest. Witnesses told police that Summers and Strong had gone to the location supposedly to meet someone selling marijuana. Based on statements and surveillance video of the scene, it is believed that they intended to rob another juvenile of a gun. Strong and the juvenile with the gun struggled over the weapon, and Strong was shot in the chest. Summers drove away in the stolen vehicle.
In the March incident, according to court documents, Summers was driving a stolen vehicle when witnesses and victims told police that the vehicle went to Central High and passengers got out and were in a fight until a guard broke it up. Later, a passenger in the vehicle who was wearing in a red hoodie leaned out and fired into a crowd with a silver handgun. The vehicle sped away and fled from officers, failing to stop at Stop signs and reaching high speeds. After it wrecked, five juveniles fled and were taken into custody. Summers was driving. A silver handgun and another pistol were found in the vehicle, as well as a spent shell casing.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $150,000.
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Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
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*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.