Jan 24, 2020 7:00 AM

2nd man charged in Kansas City Snapchat drug deal

Posted Jan 24, 2020 7:00 AM

Demarco Watkins photo Jackson Co.

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A second man has been charged in a fatal Kansas City shooting during a marijuana deal that was arranged over Snapchat.

Twenty-one-year-old Damarco Watkins, of Independence was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder, robbery, assault, unlawful use of a firearm and three counts of armed criminal action in the September 2019 shooting that killed Robiell Avilla and wounded a second victim.

Court documents say a witness told investigators that he was with Avilla and the other victim when they went to an apartment complex after using Snapchat to arrange a purchase of marijuana. The witness said a man entered the backseat of the vehicle and robbed him at gunpoint before another suspect began shooting from outside the vehicle.

A second suspect, Jordan White, of Kansas City, was charged earlier this month with second-degree murder and other charges. White denied any involvement during questioning.

Bond is set at $200,000 for Watkins and $750,000 for White. No attorney is listed for Watkins in online court records.

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Calif. man cashed stolen tax refund checks in Kansas

KANSAS CITY (AP) —A man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison with no parole for participating in a scheme to cash more than $447,000 in stolen tax refund checks.

Dante L. Chestnut, 31, of Ontario, California, pleaded guilty in July 2019 to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Chestnut admitted that he and others stole tax refund checks from the mail in April 2016.

They then used driver's licenses and other identification documents to cash the checks at Academy Bank branches in Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, and Colorado, prosecutors said.