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Friday, December 31, 2010

Charges filed in slaying of UMKC student from this summer


Jackson County prosecutors have filed charges in the slaying of Oladipo Oladimeji, a UMKC student killed this summer in a McDonald's parking near 64th and Troost. (I'm not 100 percent sure that I've gotten his name correct -- the charging docs and the current news coverage has it that way, but I went back to this summer's coverage, where the first and last names are reversed.)

A Nigerian native, the victim also worked as a Jackson County correction officer. Prosecutors say Markus "Twin" Whitelaw, the man charged Thursday, allegedly provided the gun used to kill Oladipo. The probable-cause statement says police relied on surveillance images and interviews with a couple of witnesses. Whitelaw is NOT accused of pulling the trigger.

The PC is also a good reminder for why the police hold back some details on murder cases. Oladipo's laptop was stolen during the shooting, which wasn't common knowledge. Investigators used that detail as a check of the witnesses' statements.

You can learn more about the victim here.


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