KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, woman was charged on Wednesday with murder in connection with a deadly shooting over the weekend.
Marvina Stemmons, 30, was charged in Jackson County with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Feb. 7 killing of 48-year-old Charles Harris, prosecutors said.
Early that morning, Harris was found shot to death on a couch inside a home in the 4000 block of Wabash Avenue.
According to a probable cause statement, Harris and Stemmons were together on the evening of Feb. 6, first at his cousin’s home and later at a pool hall in Raytown. Multiple witnesses told detectives they saw the two together. Several witnesses also said Stemmons showed them a white firearm she was carrying.
When detectives brought Stemmons in for questioning, she initially said that Harris took her home after they left the pool hall and denied possessing a firearm, according to the statement. She later said that she did go back to the home on Wabash Avenue with Harris and that when he asked her to hold his gun, she accidentally fired it.
After further questioning, Stemmons said that she did own a firearm and used it to fire at Harris after he began making sexual advances toward her. She said she did not know if Harris had been struck and fled the home after the shooting, according to the statement.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office found no evidence of close-range fire, according to the statement.
Stemmons was being held on a $75,000 cash-only bond.
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