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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Jackson County judge convicts security guard in fatal shooting outside KC club

For Immediate Release

Aug. 25, 2020

A Jackson County judge has found a former security guard guilty of Murder 2nd Degree in the fatal shooting  of Kevin Thomas outside the Yum Yum Bar and Grill on Kansas City’s Eastside, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

The judge found Markell Pinkins, dob: 9/21/1995, guilty of Murder 2nd Degree. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 20.

Pinkins was a security guard working at the Yum Yum Bar and Grill, located near 24th and Hardesty, when he and other guards responded to an incident involving the victim in a nearby vehicle. Pinkins told police at the scene that he fired at the victim three times after the victim revved the car’s engine, but video surveillance of the incident didn’t show the car moving aggressively toward the security guards.

Jackson County Assistant Prosecutors Ben Cox and Lauren Whiston prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Missouri.

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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