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  • Man pleads in case solved through DNA

  • An Odessa man who was charged with first-degree murder and rape after DNA evidence connected him to the 1989 death of an Independence woman has pleaded guilty to an assault charge.

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  • An Odessa man who was charged with first-degree murder and rape after DNA evidence connected him to the 1989 death of an Independence woman has pleaded guilty to an assault charge.
    According to court documents, Guy Shannon Jr. entered a plea Friday before Circuit Judge Robert Schieber in Kansas City on a second-degree assault charge. It was entered as an “Alford plea,” in which a defendant admits the evidence is indisputable even though the defendent doesn’t admit to the crime. Court documents show Shannon, 45, agreed there would be no probation on a four-year sentence.
    Kansas City investigators in its cold case squad were able to connect Shannon to the 1989 death of Marcia Lynn Davis, 20. Her body was found in a vacant apartment building on 14th Street in Kansas City on March 30, 1989. Police were never able to find a suspect in her rape and death.
    Shannon pleaded guilty in 2010 to a DWI charge in Lafayette County. Because he was a prior offender and he pleaded to a felony charge, he was required to give a DNA sample. His DNA came up as a match to the evidence collected in the Davis homicide case.
     

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