11 indicted in Independence triple murder

2 face death penalty

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday they have indicted 11 people in connection to a drug trafficking conspiracy that resulted in a home invasion and shooting that left a woman, her son and her boyfriend dead.

The charges all stem from the Nov. 16 incident in the 1500 block of S. Pope in Independence, Mo.

Four people were shot, according to police. Killed were Maria Hernandez, her son Antonio Hernandez, and her boyfriend Thomas Madrigal. The fourth person, a 13-year-old, was seriously injured.

"Federal statutes are uniquely designed to target large-scale drug-trafficking conspiracies," Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri David M. Ketchmark said in a statement announcing the indictments. "By bringing this case into federal court, we will mount a comprehensive prosecution of all of the defendants, bringing them to trial together under one charging document.

Five people were already facing state charges in the case. Wednesday's federal charges mean the local charges will be dismissed.

"After discussing this case with Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, we agree that federal charges are more appropriate," Ketchmark said.

Two of the suspects, Kevin M. Finley, 33, and Raul Soto, 22, face the death penalty for the three counts they each face of aiding and abetting each other to use a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime resulting in death.

Prosecutors have not decided whether they would pursue the death penalty or its alternative - life in prison.

Below is a list of all the defendants and the charges they face:

Kevin M. Finley, also known as "Tubbs," 33: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, three counts of aiding and abetting to use a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime resulting in death, aiding and abetting to discharge a firearm, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm
Antonio Cervantes, III, also known as "Taz," 32: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
Bobbi Jo Phillips, 37: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
Raul Soto, also known as "Choch," 22: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, three counts of aiding and abetting to use a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime resulting in death, aiding and abetting to discharge a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm
Carlos Zambrano, Jr., also known as "Los," 27: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm
Paula K. Deardorff, 31: Assisting co-defendants by receiving and disposing of evidence in order to hinder and prevent their trial and punishment
Martin Medrano, 22: Assisting co-defendants by receiving and disposing of evidence in order to hinder and prevent their trial and punishment
Amber R. Hart, 26: Assisting co-defendants by receiving and disposing of evidence in order to hinder and prevent their trial and punishment
Clayton J. Deardorff, 34: Concealing what he knew about the drug-trafficking conspiracy and murders
Ryan J. Clayton, 30: Assisting co-defendants by receiving and disposing of evidence in order to hinder and prevent their trial and punishment
Stephanie K. Allinder, 30: Assisting co-defendants by receiving and disposing of evidence in order to hinder and prevent their trial and punishment
 

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