Marcas McGowan case affidavit keeps Cady Harris' shooter a secret

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas Bureau of Investigation report prepared for the Leavenworth County Attorney on the shooting death of 5-year-old Cady Harris last month redacted all details of the actual shooting. It left the identity of the person who pulled the trigger on the shot that killed her a mystery.

The report, obtained with a Kansas Open Records Act request , was produced to support charges against Marcas McGowan, who has been charged with first degree murder along with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and other crimes in the case.

But every word of the report from the moment McGowan allegedly stopped his car at the end of a two-state chase, to the moment a Leavenworth Police sergeant discovered Harris’ body, has been redacted. It will remain secret from the public until McGowan’s trial. 

“Any time there is an open investigation and there hasn't been any evidence presented in court, all attorneys have an ethical responsibility to allow the information to speak for itself in court,” Todd Thompson, the Leavenworth County Attorney, said. “We're not to release any other information, and we're just going to keep it at that.”

On Friday, Thompson said he would not file criminal charges against the officers involved in the case, and cleared them to resume duty, suggesting the details in the report, which are blocked from public view, may have been enough to exonerate them.

A separate report, also prepared by the KBI, includes the result of an investigation into the officers’ actions during the incident. That report has not yet been made publicly available.

The KBI is handling both investigations, in a case which has gained national attention, and remains legally sensitive.

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