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Man charged in killing former roommate, dumping body

Posted at 3:30 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 16:30:06-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, man is facing murder charges after allegedly killing a man and later dumping his body earlier this year.

Platte County prosecutors have charged William Bell, 25, with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse.

According to court documents filed Thursday, Bell is alleged to have killed Conrado Mendez, Jr., in late March 2020.

In an interview with detectives, Bell allegedly said he and Mendez had a disagreement which escalated when Bell thought Mendez was reaching for a knife. Bell allegedly said he then opened fire on Mendez, striking him twice.

After the shooting, Bell allegedly told detectives that he dumped the body in Riverside, Missouri.

On April 9, 2020, a citizen mowing near the 4300 block of NW Tullison Road spotted a dead body, prompting Riverside police to launch a death investigation.

After investigation, detectives reviewed nearby surveillance video, which captured Bell’s car in the area where the body was found around the time of the killing.

Prosecutors have requested a $750,000 bond.