For Immediate Release
Aug. 8, 2022
A 42-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in the fatal shooting on Sunday of Warner Alexander Trotter inside a residence in the 3500 block of Garfield Avenue in Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Samuel Avery, dob: 10/3/1979, faces Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action charges.*
According to court records filed today, the defendant called KC police dispatch and told them he had shot his neighbor and he reported placing the gun in a chair. Police officers found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound on the front porch of a residence. He was pronounced deceased later at Truman Medical Center. Police discovered two other calls for service to the address related to disputes between the victim and the suspect. A witness confirmed that the two men had been in a verbal altercation over the suspect mowing his yard. The defendant told police he had been arguing with the victim for years. Security video recovered by police showed the victim arriving at his residence, next door to the defendant. The victim is shown saying something to the suspect, but the defendant produced a firearm and shot the victim multiple times. The victim had no weapon in his hands nor did he reach for a weapon.
Prosecutors requested a bond of $200,000 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 guilty.