Suspect apprehended, charges filed in Kansas City's Indian Creek trail killings | KCStar

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A mysterious series of apparently random killings in Kansas City, mostly committed in isolated spots along walking trails, came to an end when the killer deviated from his pattern with a brazen, execution-style shooting in broad daylight on a city street, according to Jackson County prosecutors.

The fifth and final killing came shortly after noon on Aug. 13, when 22-year-old Fredrick Demond Scott allegedly followed a man from a city bus, crept up behind him on the street and shot him in the head — before turning and getting right back on a bus.

Like the other four victims Scott is either charged with killing or is suspected of killing, Steven Gibbons was a stranger but fit a specific profile: they were all white men between ages 54 and 67.

All five victims were shot. Four were shot in the head — three in the back of the head. One was shot in the back. . . .

Jackson County prosecutors on Tuesday announced murder charges against Scott in two of the killings and named him as a suspect in three other homicides of middle-aged men along south Kansas City trails.

The killings drew increased attention with the May 18 killing of Mike Darby, 61, co-owner of Coach’s Bar & Grill at 103rd Street and Wornall Road.

MoBikeFed comment: Thanks to Kansas City police, the Jackson County Prosecutor, and other civic authorities who prioritized this case and have, evidently, found the suspect behind all of the recent trail killings.

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