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Posted on: August 6, 2018

Daughter, 15, charged in the murder of KC parents in April 2018

For Immediate Release

Aug. 6, 2018

A 15-year-old girl has been charged in connection with the fatal shootings of her parents, Kinderly Holmes and Brian Starr, in their Kansas City home on April 9, 2018, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Daejona M. Holmes, dob: 12/26/2002, faces two counts of Murder 2nd Degree, two counts of Armed Criminal Action and Tampering With Physical Evidence.*

According to court records filed today, Kansas City police responded to a residence in the 5000 block of Belmeade Road regarding a reported shooting. They found victims Kinderly Holmes, dob: 9/12/1980, and Brian Starr, dob: 5/10/1979, fatally wounded by gunshots inside. The daughter had called police from a different location. She told the call-taker that a robbery had occurred at the residence and her parents were shot. Later she told police her father had shot her mother and she shot her father. A neighbor reported hearing three shots that evening of April 9, 2018. A search of the defendant's phone, subsequent to a search warrant being obtained, showed recent searches including "Scary movies where kids kill parents," and rap lyrics about wanting father dead. Also, the search showed a video with the defendant holding a gun and dancing in her bedroom. Police also found a hand-drawn depiction of stick figures, one labelled "me." That stick figure was shooting another labelled "dad." A witness told police that he received calls from the defendant saying she needed help. When he met her at McDonald's she told him her parents had been shot. The witness added he had to talk her into calling 9-1-1. The defendant made nine phone calls with her mother's phone following the shooting and she waited one hour to call 9-1-1. 

Prosecutors have requested a bond of $150,000.

Certification for Holmes, a juvenile, to stand trial as an adult was submitted earlier today.

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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