For Immediate Release
March 16, 2018
A Kansas City man has been charged in the shooting of his girlfriend in a residence while children were there, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Mervin M. McNeal, dob: 5/6/1983, faces Domestic Assault 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Aciton.*
According to court records, police responded early Thursday to Truman Medical Center and were advised a woman had been shot in the face. She was in surgery in critical condition. Police found her children unattended at 2411 Park Avenue in Kansas City. They saw a large amount of blood and a rifle round in the driveway. Four children, unharmed physically, were removed from the residence. Police found blood drops leading from inside. McNeal was found walking on a city street with apparent blood on his jeans. A witness told police she awoke to the defendant beating on her door, yelling for help. He told her the victim had shot herself in the head. In a forensic interview, the children stated that their mother and the defendant were in an argument. They heard the defendant tell the victim he would shoot her. Then they heard a pop. One child said she saw McNeal yelling at her mother, telling her to get up and cussing at her while he dragged her by one arm across the floor. A rifle was recovered by police from the back yard of a neighbor's house.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $150,000 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.