An Independence man has been charged with fatally shooting a woman he reportedly believed had him up for a past murder.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Nathan Ayers, 28, with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 38-year-old Angela Green of Independence, who was found Tuesday afternoon in a house at the corner of 10th Street and Fairview Avenue. Green had been shot once in the head.
According to court documents, Independence Police had responded to the house after Green's family had received information that she'd been shot. Green's father pointed out her vehicle parked in front, and police got a key from the homeowner. Green was on a sofa in the living room, with a blood-soaked blanket next to her and a 9mm shell casing on the blanket.
The homeowner said he'd been allowing his nephew, Ayers, to live at the house. Police contacted a witness whose ID was found near the house, and he said he had used drugs and was inside the house sometime early Monday when Ayers shot Green, whom he confronted about setting him up for a past homicide he allegedly committed.
The witness said Ayers forced him to his hands and knees at gunpoint before shooting Green, and Ayers then gave him the gun to hide. The witness said the gun was in the attic, but police did not find it there.
According to court documents, investigators used a cell phone trace to place Ayers near the house on Sunday, and shortly before midnight the phone disconnected from that site and was tracked around Independence. Late Tuesday, they traced Ayers' phone leaving the Kansas City area east toward Warrensburg. He was texting with family members.
Ayers was arrested Thursday afternoon and brought back to Independence. Prosecutors requested a bond of $500,000 cash.
Green is the ninth homicide victim this year in Independence.