Man charged in homicide said he thought victim was a demon

Posted at 7:37 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 06:40:26-04

A Kansas City man is charged in the deadly shooting of a man on E. 39th Terrace. 

Prince Conrad, 30, faces second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges. 

Kansas City police were sent to a home in the 10400 block of E. 39th Terrace on a reported dead body. When they arrived, they found the victim in the basement with a gunshot wound to the head. 

Police identified the victim as 45-year-old Willie Reaws.

Witnesses told police they last saw Reaws with Prince using methamphetamine and saw the victim helping Prince upstairs from the basement. Reaws had said Prince had shot himself and helped him into the bathroom to treat the injury. 

During the investigation, Conrad was found with a gunshot wound to his right ankle and taken to a local hospital. 

When he was interviewed by officers, Conrad said he was with Reaws at the residence where they both snorted methamphetamine. They were in the basement and he thought Reaws was a demon so he took a handgun out of the victim's pocket and attempted to shoot the victim. He missed and shot himself in the leg. 

Conrad said after he shot himself, Reaws helped him upstairs and wrapped a towel around his wound. Reaws then helped him back to the basement. According to Conrad, Reaws said, "shoot me in the head" and he shot Reaws one time in the head with a handgun. 

Conrad then left and walked up the street where he was contacted by the police and taken to a hospital. 

Prosecutors requested a bond of $150,000.