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Man accused in deadly 2017 shooting at traffic light pleads guilty

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 18:13:09-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man accused of shooting and killing an 18-year-old woman who was stopped at a traffic light in 2017 pleaded guilty on Wednesday, according to Jackson County prosecutors.

Anton Hunter, 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the April 30, 2017, death of Isabell Addison.

Hunter also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of failure to report a shooting.

According to court records, Hunter shot Addison from the passenger seat of his girlfriend’s vehicle while they were stopped at a traffic light near Blue Parkway and Cleveland Avenue. Hunter’s girlfriend told police she saw Hunter shooting out of the vehicle and then drove away.

The vehicle, a black Hyundai Sonata, then crashed into another car near Swope Parkway and Benton Boulevard. A witness at the scene told police that he saw a man and a woman exit the car after the crash and run away. The witness said the woman later returned to the scene of the crash and apologized for hitting him.

Hunter’s girlfriend told police they had a “small verbal argument regarding french fries” shortly before the shooting, according to court records. The woman said she did not know why Hunter started shooting into the vehicle.

Kansas City police said at the time that it did not appear Hunter and Addison knew each other.

An arrest warrant was issued for Hunter after charges were filed against him several months after the shooting. He was later taken into custody.

Hunter will be sentenced on Sept. 27. He faces up to 25 years in prison.