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KCMO man accused of stabbing aunt, uncle to death in Raytown home

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 18:33:54-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, man allegedly stabbed his aunt and uncle to death in a brutal attack in Raytown earlier this month, according to Jackson County prosecutors.

On Jan. 13, Raytown police responded to a home in the 8200 block of Hedges Avenue after a man, identified as 69-year-old Kenneth McKenzie, called 911 in distress and repeatedly asked for help, saying his nephew was there.

Officers surrounded the residence and engaged in a one-hour standoff before 29-year-old Desmond Richardson walked out the front door, wearing no clothes and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

McKenzie and his wife, 62-year-old Etta McKenzie, were found dead inside the home when officers entered. Both had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Multiple knives, two guns and blood were found throughout the home, according to a probable cause statement.

Police also learned that Richardson had been involved in an armed carjacking in Kansas City, Missouri, about two hours before police were called to the Raytown home. Officers located the stolen vehicle outside the home, with Richardson’s wallet sitting in the front passenger seat.

Clothes found inside the McKenzies’ home matched the description of the carjacking suspect, according to the statement.

On Jan. 21, Raytown police detectives questioned Richardson, who was still in the hospital. Richardson told police he had “borrowed” the stolen vehicle and went to the McKenzies’ home looking for his daughter.

Richardson said that he “tussled” with the McKenzies over a knife and alleged that at one point, Etta McKenzie shot him in the head. Police noted in the probable cause statement that Richardson did not suffer a gunshot wound to the head.

Richardson also said that he stabbed Kenneth McKenzie after his uncle shot him.

Richardson was booked into the Jackson County Detention Center on two counts each of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Prosecutors requested a $500,000 cash bond.

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