Sunday, June 16, 2024

Murder of Black Kansas Woman by White Man Investigated as Hate Crime (WATCH)

*The killing of a black woman by a white man in Shawnee, Kansas is being investigated by the FBI as a possible hate crime

The black woman, MeShon Cooper, 43, of Kansas City, was found dead July 14 inside a residence in the 11400 block of 69th Street in Shawnee about a week after she had been reported missing.

The white man, Ronald Lee Kidwell, 47, who lives at the home, is charged in Johnson County District Court with second-degree murder in Cooper’s death.

Two family members and a neighbor who spoke to the Kansas City Star described Kidwell as a white supremacist who had assaulted black people in the past.

The FBI said it is cooperating in the investigation with local law enforcement agencies.

Interestingly, unlike federal law, Kansas does not have a specific hate crime statute.

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The Star says that according to documents released Monday in Johnson County District Court, Kidwell allegedly told police he killed Cooper after she threatened to tell people he was HIV-positive.

Kidwell told police that the killing was not premeditated. He told detectives that he punched Cooper multiple times and stabbed her in the neck with a knife that he wrestled away from her.

Ronald Lee Kidwell is being held in the Johnson County Jail. His bond is set at $1 million.

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