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Kansas City man charged in fatal June beating

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Posted at 12:13 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 13:13:10-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man has been charged with murder in a fatal beating that took place in June, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Wednesday.

Antoine Cotton, 42, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the June 15 death of Hoang Dinh in the Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas City police responded to Thompson Avenue and Askew Avenue around 2 a.m. on June 15 to find Dinh deceased with severe head trauma and a window sash weight found near his head, according to the prosecutor's office.

Witnesses told police that Cotton and Dinh had agreed to help them move a couch into a truck when Cotton began hitting Dinh with an object from the ground.

The witnesses allegedly told police Cotton said, "I got him. I told him I was going to get him," after hitting Dinh.

A $250,000 bail has been requested for Cotton.

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