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Man charged with killing 60-year-old woman in Kansas City, Missouri

Judge sets bond for the accused at $1 million cash
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Posted at 7:39 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 20:42:16-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 25-year-old Kansas City, Missouri, man faces a murder charge in a Jan. 12 shooting death.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Travon Williams with first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of kidnapping, according to court records.

Police found Linda Gantt suffering from gunshot wounds in a car near East 45th Street and Prospect Avenue.

Gantt died at a hospital a short time later.

The driver of the car told police Gantt asked him for a ride near East 35th Street and Prospect Avenue, a court document states.

He agreed and drove Gantt to a house about 2 blocks away at 3624 Olive Street.

The driver told police a man, later identified as Williams, walked up to the car.

Williams allegedly pointed a gun at Gantt and the driver sped away.

He told police he heard gunshots and Gantt told him she had been shot, a court document states.

Police found 19 spent 9mm shell casings, two bullet fragments and one live round at the Olive Street shooting scene, the document states.

Williams was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in a 2016 shooting death at an Independence, Missouri, house.

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