INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - Two Kansas City-area men have been charged in a triple homicide in Independence that prosecutors say was motivated by robbery and a search for drugs.
Jackson County prosecutors Wednesday night announced charges of first-degree murder and other counts against 32-year-old Antonio Cervantes, of Independence, and 33-year-old Kevin Finley, of Kansas City.
Both are accused in the early-morning home invasion and shootings Nov. 16 at a small Independence house. Killed were 48-year-old Maria Hernandez; her 20-year-old son, Antonio Hernandez; and her boyfriend Tomas Dominguez, previously identified as Tomas Madrigal.
Police said in court documents that Cervantes was the stepson of Dominguez and had previously robbed him of $30,000. A 12-year-old boy was also shot and continues recovering from critical injuries.
No information was available late Wednesday on whether the suspects had lawyers.
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