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Examiner
  • Suspect in shooting death surrenders

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  • An Independence man who faces charges in a September 2013 shooting death turned himself into police Tuesday morning.
    Nicholas L. Cannon, 28, of Independence, was charged Monday with one count each of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Justin Sneegas.
    Jackson County judge Twila Rigby set Cannon’s bond at $150,000 at 10 percent secured at his arraignment later Tuesday and scheduled a preliminary hearing in his case for March 3. He has not pleaded yet.
    Cannon was charged with shooting Sneegas in the early morning hours of Sept. 15, 2013, after he found Sneegas in bed with his girlfriend, who is the mother of his 4-year-old daughter.
    Shortly before 6 a.m. on Sept. 15, police were called by the girlfriend to the home on Sterling that Sneegas, who was 35 at the time, had been shot by Cannon. Emergency medical personnel attempted to revive Sneegas but were unsuccessful.
    Cannon told police that his girlfriend had not returned to their home after a night out with family and friends. Cannon began looking for her and found her car parked at her parents’ home on Sterling.
    After finding his girlfriend in bed with Sneegas, Cannon told police he acted in self defense, shooting three rounds at Sneegas when he saw him reaching for something on the side of the bed. Cannon told police he was in fear of the safety of his daughter, who was with him at the time of the shooting.
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