Feb 14, 2020 1:00 AM

Kansas City man charged with murder after argument about a woman

Posted Feb 14, 2020 1:00 AM
Ronnie Grady photo Jackson Co.
Ronnie Grady photo Jackson Co.

KANSAS CITY  (AP) — A Kansas City man told police he fatally shot another man after arguing about a woman but claimed the shooting was in self-defense, according to charging documents.

Jackson County prosecutors announced Wednesday that 42-year-old Ronnie Steven Grady faces charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 44-year-old Michael Jones. It wasn’t immediately known if Grady had an attorney.

Witnesses reported that Jones was shot in November after talking to someone in a pickup truck. The truck was gone when officers arrived.

Police took Grady in custody for questioning Tuesday after a tipster reported that both men had been in a relationship with the same woman.

The probable cause statement said Grady initially said he left the area before the shooting but later acknowledged that he and Jones had been arguing about the woman.

Grady also told police that Jones was high on PCP and being belligerent. He said he fired in self-defense when Jones reach back behind him, saying he “feared what the victim was capable of.” Grady and the woman said that Jones had been aggressive in the past while high on PCP, the probable cause statement says.

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Feb 14, 2020 1:00 AM
Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.