Two Blue Springs women are among seven defendants who are part of a federal indictment on charges connected with a pair of 2015 murders in Raytown and Kansas City.
Charged in the 14-count federal indictment, which contains four capital counts related to the murders, are: Joslyn “Bless” Lee, 26; and Nickayla Jones, 22, both of Blue Springs; Shawn “Deuce” Burkhalter, 29; Sharika Hooker, 29; and Autry “Bud” Hines, 26, all of Kansas City; Rachel Ryce, 30, of Raytown; and Joshua “T” Nesbitt, 23, of Crowder, Mississippi.
The indictment had been returned under seal Wednesday and was unsealed Thursday in federal court in Kansas City after the arrests of Lee and Hooker. The other five defendants had been in state custody.
According to court indictments, Burkhalter and Nesbitt allegedly shot and killed Danny Lamont Dean, of Kansas City, Kansas, on Sept. 10, 2015, while robbing him of a cocaine outside a Raytown restaurant. Burkhalter and Nesbitt are charged together with one count of using a firearm (an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle) to commit murder in relation to a drug-trafficking crime. Lee is charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact. She allegedly assisted the two men to hinder and prevent their apprehension.
The indictment alleges that Nesbitt shot and killed Anthony Dwayne Johnson on Oct. 4, 2015, at a Kansas City apartment complex while they robbed Johnson of marijuana. Burkhalter and Nesbitt are charged with the same murder count (using the same firearm) and murdering a potential witness, to allegedly prevent the victim from communicating with law enforcement and testifying.
All defendants except for Hooker are charged together with participating in a witness and evidence-tampering conspiracy, as they aimed to kill or at least intimidate and threaten Johnson, the indictment says. Nesbitt, Lee, Jones, Hines and Ryce allegedly stashed the AR-15 rifle at a residence.
Lee, Jones, Hines, Ryce and Hooker are charged together with being accessories after the fact. They allegedly assisted Burkhalter and Nesbitt by helping to hide or destroy evidence of the murder, and Hooker allegedly provided Nesbitt with sanctuary and money.
All defendants except Hooker are charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana from 2008 into 2018, as well as marijuana possession with intent to distribute and discharging a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime on the day of Johnson's murder.
Burkhalter and Nesbitt are charged together with cocaine possession with intent to distribute and discharging a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime on the day of Dean's murder.
The two men also are charged with robbing a Kansas City business on Sept. 8, 2015, brandishing a firearm (the same AR-15 rifle) during a violent crime and felony firearm possession.