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Man charged in 2019 murder after DNA match

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 16:36:29-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, man has been charged in the November 2019 fatal shooting of an apparent stranger who was walking down the street.

Douglas, V. Griffin, 27, is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office.

On Nov. 12, 2019, 46-year-old David Como was found shot to death in the street just after midnight near 56th Street and Park Avenue. He had been walking from the bus stop.

The prosecutor's office said KCATA bus surveillance video showed Como getting off the bus at 11:47 p.m. on Nov. 11, and that a witness told police Como often arrived home on the bus around that time.

Documents show DNA was swabbed from the back left pocket of Como's pants and that DNA matched Griffin, who was in custody for another crime in 2020.

According to the prosecutor's office, Griffin admitted to reaching into Como's pocket and being involved in the robbery but said another person shot Como.

Prosecutors requested a $250,000 cash bond for Griffin.

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