For Immediate Release
Sept. 6, 2023
A Kansas City, Kan., man has been charged in connection with the Aug. 3, 2023, fatal shooting of a man outside a motel on 40 Highway in Independence, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Charles J. White faces Murder 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action charges.*
According to court records filed today, Independence Police Department officers responded to the area of 9800 E US 40 Highway on a report of shots fired in the area. They found a victim on his back in the parking lot of a motel. An autopsy later showed he had been shot once in the back. A witness told police the victim was outside the motel. Video surveillance showed the defendant walking toward a room and knocking on the door and later is observed walking around and talking on his cell phone. He is later shown getting out of a vehicle and firing a rifle at the victim. The victim falls to the ground. The defendant soon leaves the homicide scene. A detective obtained cell phone data that showed the defendant's device receiving data in the area of and at the time of the homicide.
The defendant is in custody.
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Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
*Charges are only accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or pleads guilty.