Man pleads guilty in murder of Kansas City barber

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man admitted Tuesday he murdered a barber during a botched robbery inside a barbershop.

Georgio White, 22, of Kansas City,  pleaded guilty to second degree murder, robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

White's trial for the murder of the barber, Joseph Jackson, was scheduled to start Tuesday.

Police found Jackson shot to death November 16, 2011, just after 6 p.m. inside Barbershop 67 near East 34th Street and Troost Avenue.

The shop's owner told NBC Action News Jackson had closed his own shop and began renting a chair at Barbershop 67.

Jackson was cleaning up the shop when he let White and another man, David Waters, inside the shop, according to court documents.

White asked about a haircut and then ordered Jackson to give him money, the court documents state.

Jackson pulled money from a pocket and grabbed White's arm.

White pulled a gun and shot Jackson and himself in the arm.

Jackson fell to the floor and White pumped more bullets into him, according to the court documents.

White and Waters ran from the shop and into a nearby apartment building.

White bled on floors inside the building and he, Waters and a woman tried to clean up the mess, court documents state.

Waters talked to detectives the next day and told them what happened inside the shop.

White told detectives that same day he had nothing to do with the killing, the court documents state.

He told detectives he was in the shop for a hair cut when two men came in to rob the business.

Court documents state White told police one of the men started shooting and that's how he suffered a gunshot wound to his arm.

As part of White's plea, he will spend a maximum of 20 years in prison, but no less than 12 years.

His co-defendant, Waters, is set for trial on November 26.




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