An Independence man has been arrested in connection to a death that occurred in the parking of Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City last December.
Joshua T. Bradley, 25, of Independence, has been charged with first degree involuntary manslaughter that led to the death of Kyle Van Winkle, 30, of Smithville, says the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to court documents, a green Jeep Cherokee owner and his young son discovered Van Winkle passed out in the passenger seat of his vehicle at lot A-1 of the stadium during the late afternoon on Dec. 1, 2013. The owner said he confronted Van Winkle and believed that he was intoxicated. Kansas City Police discovered during their investigation that Van Winkle had arrived at the stadium in a similar Jeep Cherokee and the two vehicles were parked closely together.
The green Jeep owner said he attempted to wake Van Winkle up and sent his son to get help. Several people responded shortly after. The Jeep owner told police that an argument ensued between Van Winkle and Bradley, who was one of the people who had responded. He said that Bradley began to walk away, something was said, and he turned around and “just started hitting him (Van Winkle).”
Other witnesses said Bradley punched Van Winkle, knocking him to the ground where he continued to punch him. An autopsy performed by the Jackson County Medical Examiner concluded that a blow to Van Winkle’s head was what killed him.
Bradley was arrested early Friday and prosecutors requested a bond of $75,000.