A federal grand jury has indicted three men for their roles in a cyberstalking that led that led to the March 2018 killing of a Kansas City man in Independence.
Lester “Lucky” Brown, 32, of Kansas City, 29-year-old Michael Young of Independence and 32-year-old Ronell Pearson, currently of Minneapolis, Minnesota, are named in a three-count indictment returned under seal by last week a federal grand jury. The indictment is for the death of 30-year-old Christopher Harris, who was shot to death outside a home where he was dropping off his 8-year-old daughter after the defendants allegedly used GPS tracking devices to follow him.
Pearson was arrested Monday in Minneapolis, Young was arrested last Thursday after a high-speed chase with law enforcement in which he crashed his vehicle and Brown was already in federal custody in an unrelated case.
All three men are charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and aiding and abetting cyberstalking resulting in death. Brown is also charged with felony gun possession due to prior convictions for receiving stolen property and felony possession.
Brown had been charged with racketeering and murder last year in connection with the case, but that was dismissed without prejudice in September.
According to the new federal indicment, Brown, Young and Pearson used GPS devices on vehicles used by Harris and his associates to track them, watched the Independence home of Harris' girlfriend and sent threatening social media messages to Harris a few months before the murder. The messages included photographs of GPS devices and demanded payments to Brown of $1,000 a month. One alleged message to Harris said, “Pay me, or I'm going to touch something deeper, something closer to you.”
On March 14, 2008, Harris had picked up his daughter and took her to dance class, then took her to her mother's house. The defendants fired multiple times into Harris' vehicle, causing him to say “My daughter's in the car!” a couple times, then shot him in the head.
According to the prior federal charge against Brown, he and Harris had been friends years ago but became rival drug dealers. The current indictment also cited the 2013 killing of Ryan Cobbins, a friend and associate of Harris who went missing after a haircut appointment in October 2013 and was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on New Year's Eve. However, the indictment did not include any charges directly related to Cobbins' killing.