Ten lives ended due to homicides in Independence in 2019, following 11 in 2018 14 in 2017 and nine each of the two years before that.
In addition, one homicide happened in rural Eastern Jackson County, and a fatal overdose in Lee's Summit resulted in a murder charge against the alleged drug dealer.
No homicides were recorded in Grain Valley or Blue Springs.
A summary of the cases:
• Feb. 11, Shaunte McIntosh (age 28): Independence Police took one person at the scene into custody after a woman was found shot to death late Monday in a western Independence home.
Officers responded just before 11 p.m. to an aggravated assault call at a house in the 1600 block of West Sheley Road, between Norwood Avenue and West Scott Place, and found McIntosh dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
Police found at least one gun at the scene and took one person into custody but did not call that person a suspect. No charges have been announced.
• Feb. 19, Michael Lopez (36): Officers found Lopez shot dead in a Sterling Avenue home after they responded to an aggravated assault/shooting call late in the evening. Lopez was not a resident of the home, police said, and the home resident apparently had defended himself in a home invasion. No charges have been announced.
• March 24, Donald McIntosh (38): Ingenue Persinger, 18, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action for allegedly shooting McIntosh. According to court documents, dispatch told police that the 911 caller said another man had shot McIntosh in her house. Officers found McIntosh lying on the floor of the master bedroom with gunshot wounds. He later died at the hospital.
Based on interviews with several witnesses, police determined Persinger had shot McIntosh and listed her as a person of interest. Persinger then turned herself in, and during an interview with police, she confessed to shooting McIntosh multiple times while inside the house.
Persinger is scheduled for trial March 23.
• June 26, Kimberly Alcorn (54): Alcorn was stabbed and shot to death in her home east of Greenwood. Her reported boyfriend, 44-year-old Dana Jones, allegedly killed Alcorn and fatally shot a dog that witnesses sent into a bedroom, then fired at one of the witnesses who went back to check the room.
According to court documents, sheriff's deputies responded shortly before 11 p.m., to a reported shooting. They tried to stop a vehicle leaving the scene, but the driver fled and soon crashed into a tree. He was naked when deputies arrested him. Inside the home, deputies found Alcorn and a pit bull shot in the bedroom.
Prosecutors charged Jones with first-degree murder and assault and two counts each of armed criminal action and animal abuse. He is scheduled for trial Oct. 5, 2020.
• July 14, Brian Jones-Woodruff (23): Jones-Woodruff, of Kansas City, died after he got shot outside the McDonald's off U.S. 40 in the Blue Ridge Crossing area when the shooters apparently targeted another man nearby. Prosecutors charged Matthew Woodward, 34, and his wife Erica Williams, 32, each with second-degree murder and armed criminal action and also charged Woodward with first-degree assault and another count of armed criminal action.
Police used tips from witnesses and informants and cell phone data to zero in on Woodward, and another woman said she'd called Woodward from customer service phone following a disturbing encounter with another man, the apparent intended target of the shooting. Police found the suspect vehicle after Williams filed a police report for a stolen vehicle two days after the shooting.
Woodward and Williams are scheduled for trials on Oct. 5 and Nov. 9 next year, respectively.
• Aug. 24, Tamera Rainey (57): Lucas Mauritzen, 38, allegedly beat his mother, Rainey, to death in their western Independence home.
According to court documents, a neighbor said Mauritzen had just been at his house and said he'd killed his mother. When police arrived at the 9500 block of East 14th Street, they found Mauritzen standing in the street and then Rainey dead on the floor just inside the front door. Police found blood in each room of the house and splatter on the walls. Mauritzen told both the neighbor and police he had to “put her down.”
Prosecutors charged Mauritzen with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He is scheduled to go to trial June 22.
• Sept. 1: DeSean Milligan (18): Officers responded to a call for shots fired at the Hawthorne Place Apartments early Labor Day morning and found Milligan dead on the ground. A family member said Milligan was shot in the back after an apparent minor disagreement. Police continue to investigate the case and have developed a vehicle and person of interest.
• Sept. 22, Robert Shinneman (45): Shinneman, of Liberty, died when he and Richard Saettone, 39, of Independence, tried to rob an Independence apartment during the pre-dawn hours. The apartment resident, who called 911, said he shot at a masked man who had kicked in his front door and pointed a gun at him. Shinneman was found in the door area, wearing a mask with a gun next to his body. Saettone, who said he meant to be the lookout, had apparently made noise that alerted the resident, who then heard Shinneman behind him say something. Saettone has been charged with second-degree murder and burglary and is in federal custody on a separate matter.
• Nov. 1, Richard Denny (34): Denny, of Kansas City, died following a double-shooting in the 10600 block of East 15th Street, near South Hedges Avenue. Responding police found two victims with gunshot wounds. Both were rushed to area hospitals, and Denny soon died. No charges have been announced in this case.
• Nov. 16, Wasinee Sankra (23): Sankra's cousin admitted to shooting her at the Thai Spice restaurant on East Valley View Parkway where they both worked because he was upset with her work habits.
According to court documents, Porntrep Phonjaroen, 25, told police he only meant to scare Sankra. He has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
A customer said she heard a single gunshot, saw a woman fall to the ground in the kitchen, found her bleeding from the head and immediately tried life-saving measures. The witness said she saw a shell casing next to Sankra and repeatedly asked kitchen staff who had shot her. Phonjaroen then spoke up and said, “I did it!” Police arrived shortly afterward and took Phonjaroen into custody, and Sankra was pronounced dead at the scene.
• Dec. 21, victim’s identity not yet released: A person who wrecked a stolen vehicle outside an Independence home was shot when he reportedly became aggressive toward the homeowner.
According to Independence Police, a suspect driving a stolen vehicle out of Concordia wrecked in the back of a property in the 16500 block of Mechanic Avenue, just west of Missouri 291. When the homeowner came out to investigate, the driver became aggressive and got shot during the altercation. Police continue to investigate the case.
Also, in October prosecutors charged Jared Daniels with second-degree murder regarding the fatal drug overdose if Taylor Stephens, 23, in March in Lee's Summit. County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said it’s the first time her office has charged a drug dealer in connection with an overdose death.
Stephens was found in the bathtub of a Lee’s Summit home, and the medical examiner’s office said she drowned with an “other significant condition” – heroin and fentanyl intoxication. Police tracked down Daniels has the person who sold the heroin to Stephens the day she died.