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Posted on: August 29, 2017

Fredrick Scott, 22 charged in two south Kansas City homicides

For Immediate Release
Aug. 29, 2017

Fredrick D. Scott, 22, has been charged in two south Kansas City homicides and is a suspect in other homicides over the last year in the vicinity of popular trails in south Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Scott, dob: 10/18/1994, faces two counts of Murder in the 1st Degree and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.*

According to court records filed today, Kansas City police detectives connected the defendant to the Aug. 13, 2017, fatal shooting of Steven Gibbons, dob: 3/18/1960, from surveillance video that showed the victim on a bus and a man following the victim. The man following was drinking from a ice tea bottle. Police located a man who appeared like the man in the video and asked him his identification. They also collected a cigarette butt he was observed smoking. DNA from the cigarette and the ice tea matched. That DNA also matched DNA from the fatal shooting of John Palmer, who was found Aug. 19, 2016, on the Indian Creek Trail near Bannister Road and Lydia. Scott told police he shot Palmer and dragged the victim's body away from the trail.

At a press conference today, Baker asked for the community's help with information regarding Scott and his role in three other homicides in the same vicinity along the popular trails. Anyone with information about Scott, his use of guns or the three homicides (See attached information on dates and locations) should contact the TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS.

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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