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Rural Leavenworth man arrested in half-brother's death

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Posted at 2:54 PM, Jul 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 15:54:03-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A rural Leavenworth man was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting death of his half-brother.

Cody S. Huninghake, 25, made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon after being arrested Saturday night in the death of Robert Nelson, 17.

Officers who went to the home just outside Leavenworth city limits found the victim dead from a gunshot wound, Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley confirmed to 41 Action News on Tuesday.

Nelson was Huninghake's half-brother, Sherley said.

Investigators believe the shooting occurred at the home, he said.

During his court appearance Tuesday, Huninghake said a family member planned to hire attorney to represent him.

His next court appearance was scheduled for July 16.

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