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  • Independence man charged in KC homicide

  • An Independence man faces a second-degree murder charge and nine other felony counts in the death of a Kansas City man last

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  • An Independence man faces a second-degree murder charge and nine other felony counts in the death of a Kansas City man last week.
    In addition to the murder charge, Adrian E. Roberson, 20, of Independence, also was charged Thursday with four counts of first-degree robbery and five counts of armed criminal action in the death of Brandon Sloan during a drug-related robbery at a home in the 8900 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard on Jan. 8.
    Prosecutors requested a cash bond of $250,000 on Roberson.
    Kelvin B. Taylor, of Kansas City, also was charged last week in Sloan’s death.
    According to court documents, Roberson and Taylor went to Sloan’s home to purchase marijuana. Taylor and Roberson then allegedly ordered Sloan and four other persons who were already in the house to the floor at gunpoint. The witnesses told Kansas City police they heard a gunshot, and then Taylor and Roberson demanded their wallets and cell phones before fleeing in what one of the witnesses described as a white four-door car, which police later discovered was owned by Roberson.
    Police say one of the witnesses identified Roberson from a photo lineup on Monday.
    Roberson phoned police on Wednesday morning and said he was going to turn himself in to them after saying goodbye to family members. He turned himself into Kansas City police at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday.
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