Overland Park man charged with murder in his stepfather's death

Posted at 6:04 AM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 19:12:47-04

Johnson County prosecutors have filed charges against a man they say shot and killed his stepfather during a family dispute in Overland Park.

Phillip Stanley is charged with one count of first-degree murder and is being held in the Johnson County jail on a $1 million bond.

Responding officers heard gunfire when they arrived to a disturbance call near 92nd and Nieman just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

Family members and officials have confirmed the man killed is 62-year-old Henry Gates.

Overland Park Police said he was shot by Stanley, who lives in the same duplex.

Police were there when five to seven rounds of gunfire went off.

"After officers heard gunshots, they took cover. At that point, he exited the residence, and officers were able to make contact with him and take him into custody," said Officer John Lacey with the Overland Park Police Department.

41 Action News caught up with Myisha Jones-Gates on what she calls one of the worst days of her life.

Jones-Gates said she talked to her father nearly every day, that he loved God and recently graduated from college with a degree in public speaking.

"My daddy would help anyone he could. All you had to do was ask. If you were depressed or whatever. You could call at 3 o'clock in the morning and he would get up," said Jones-Gates.

Jones-Gates said her father was in poor health, using an oxygen tank. She said his stepson, Stanley, was suffering from mental health issues.

Jones-Gates said she will miss their father-daughter dates.

"We went out on Father's Day. I took him to Gojos. He wanted to go there because my Mom used to take him. That's where he wanted to go. Had a great time; we were reminiscing," Jones-Gates said.

Jones-Gates said this has been a particularly hard year for the family. Henry Gates lost his son recently.

Gates leaves behind two children, Myisha and Geraldine, a wife Rose and an ex-wife Neshell.

Stanley is scheduled to make a video court appearance at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20.