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2 charged with murder in deadly robbery in Independence

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 15:31:26-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Kansas City, Missouri, men are facing murder charges after an apparent attempted robbery turned deadly in Independence.

Ivory Alford Jr., 18, and Isaiah Woods-Miller, 17, were charged with one count each of second-degree murder and first-degree attempted robbery in connection with the Aug. 13 death of Shonay Persinger in the 9300 block of East 16th Street.

According to court records, Alford told detectives that he and several others went to the home in an attempt to steal drugs and money.

The victim’s phone was not found at the home when searched by investigators, who later determined it had been thrown out of a vehicle near Prospect Avenue and 35th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

Detectives found Facebook messages on Alford’s account “implicating him and other subjects” in the robbery and homicide, according to court records.

When questioned by police, Alford named Woods-Miller as one of the other people who went into the home to rob the victim.

Woods-Miller said that he was the lookout and identified Alford as the shooter, according to court records. Alford denied shooting the victim.

Prosecutors requested a $50,000 bond for both Alford and Woods-Miller.

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