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Kansas City, Kansas, man charged with shooting, killing innocent bystander

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Posted at 3:53 PM, May 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-27 17:54:15-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Kansas, man was charged for allegedly shooting and killing Mark Winner, who was an innocent by stander, in March.

James Edward Merrick Jr., 51, was arrested earlier this month in Topeka after fleeing the scene when the shooting occurred.

Merrick Jr., is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the commission of a felony, one count of aggravated endangerment of child, one count of criminal possession of a fire arm by a felon, one count of criminal discharging a fire arm and one count of distribution of illegal drugs.

According to the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, Winner was watching television with his mother when he heard an argument and went to check a nearby window.

Merrick Jr. was involved in the argument, which escalated to a shooting. A bullet pierced a window and hit Winner, killing him.

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