Kansas City man accused of killing 1, shooting 2 others over stolen marijuana

Posted at 10:42 AM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 11:42:45-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An 18-year-old Kansas City, Missouri, man is accused of shooting three people, one fatally, in July over an argument about marijuana, according to Jackson County prosecutors.

Wade Bentley faces numerous charges, including second-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Leon Robinson.

Robinson was found shot to death on July 20 near Roberts Street and Askew Avenue. A man and a woman were also injured in the shooting. Kansas City police said another victim was found at the scene, but she had not been shot.

One witness told police the shooting started in the 3500 block of Independence Avenue, where Bentley accused one of the victims of stealing marijuana from him, according to court records.

Another witness told police that Bentley was angry about the stolen marijuana and that she saw him carrying a handgun in his waistband moments before he allegedly shot Robinson.

After shooting Robinson, he continued to fire the handgun, hitting another person in the leg before he fled the scene, according to court records.

Bentley was arrested weeks after the shooting and found to be in possession of cocaine and a handgun, though it was not identified as the weapon used in the homicide, according to court records.

Bentley also was charged with four counts of armed criminal action, four counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

According to court records, Bentley has been identified as a person of interest in other shooting incidents and assaults in the Kansas City area, including two shootings that have occurred since March 2019.

Bentley is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.