An Independence man already in federal custody has been charged with murder in the March 2019 shooting death of a Kansas City man.


Jackson County prosecutors charged Brandon Hill, 31, with second-degree murder and armed criminal action for the shooting death of Derrick White 40, on the night of March 31, 2019. The shooting happened in a neighborhood between Swope Park and U.S. 71, and White was found dead the next morning in his car, with the passenger door open. A witness said he had seen White alive about 10:30 p.m. the previous night.


According to court documents, a DNA sample taken from the door handle was found late last year to match Hill, who as it turned out had been arrested for robbery later on the night of March 31. When arrested, Hill had three handguns, including the 9mm gun White’s girlfriend said she had loaned White for protection, which was not found at the scene.


Investigators also matched Hill’s DNA to a sample found on that gun’s trigger, and the spent shell casing from the scene and bullet recovered from White’s body matched that same gun.


Prosecutors requested a $250,000 cash bond.