Two more people have been charged in the murders of three people in a drug robbery gone wrong in Independence on Nov. 16.
Bobbie Jo Phillips, 37, and Raul Soto, 21, are each charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, one count of first-degree assault and one count of first-degree burglary in the deaths of Maria Hernandez, 48, her son, Antonio Hernandez, 20, and Tomas Dominguez, 33.
A 12-year-old son of Maria Hernandez’s also was shot as he tried to protect his mother, but he is expected to recover.
Two others, Antonio Cervantes III, 32, of Independence and Kevin M. Finley, 33, were charged on the same charges on Wednesday.
Court documents show Soto, of Kansas City, Kan., to be the third person police say was involved in the execution-style shootings inside the house on Pope. Phillips, of Independence, told police she was a long-time friend of Finley’s. Court documents indicate she accompanied the other defendants on the robbery.
Court documents say that when police arrived at the residence on Pope, a man bound with duct tape approached them in the detached garage. He told them he had been drinking in the garage with Antonio Hernandez when three “Hispanic males” entered, beat them and taped them up. He told police the men asked where the drugs were and told Hernandez they would kill his family if he didn’t tell. The witness told police that the suspects took Hernandez inside the house and he heard several gunshots.
Police found Dominguez dead with a gunshot wound to the head and back and Hernandez also dead with one gunshot in the back of the head. Maria Hernandez and the boy were still alive. A younger sibling who was watching from a bedroom said that when one of the men started to shoot at their mother, the boy jumped in front of her. That sibling ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
Mother and son were taken to the hospital, where Maria Hernandez later died. The boy was interviewed by police at the hospital but was unable to speak because of his injuries so he wrote on a tablet of paper. Police say he confirmed that two males shot him and the other three victims and that one had “an Uzi style gun.”
Police found nine shell casings inside the house, all 9mm.
Court documents indicate the robbers expected to be able to get money and drugs from Dominguez, who was named as Cervantez’ step-father. Dominguez had told acquaintances that he had done this before and had taken “$30,000 and 3 pounds of ice.”
Police were able to get some helpful information from a cell phone that had been taken during the robbery.