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12-year-old is accused in shooting death of Hickman Mills eighth-grader

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Friday, April 26, 2013, at 2:58 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, April 26, 2013, at 11:53 p.m.

Jackson County juvenile officers on Friday accused a 12-year-old boy of accidentally shooting a 14-year-old boy in Kansas City and then abandoning the corpse.

Kansas City police on Wednesday found the body of Montee Ross, a Hickman Mills eighth-grader, buried in a dirt pile on a vacant cul-de-sac near Longview Road and Food Lane. He had been missing since Sunday.

Juvenile officers also accused a 16-year-old boy of abandoning a corpse in connection with the death. The boys’ names were not released because they are juveniles. They remained in the juvenile jail Friday.

Jonathon Davis, 17, who allegedly helped bury Montee’s body, was charged with felony abandonment of a corpse. He is considered an adult in Missouri. He surrendered to police Thursday night with his parents. He remained in jail Friday.

Police officers found Montee’s body after his mother relayed information Wednesday morning that her son had been accidentally shot in a townhome in the 11500 block of Food Lane and dumped nearby. Officers searching the area saw his hand exposed from the dirt pile, which is in an open area between the townhomes and a neighborhood of houses where Montee lived.

According to court records, Davis, Montee and the two juveniles were at the townhome when the 12-year-old accidentally shot Montee. They dragged the body to the basement so the mother at the home would not see it. They put a comforter over Montee’s body while they cleaned up the blood.

In the middle of the night, a witness told police he saw Davis and the 16-year-old carrying what appeared to be Montee’s body out the back door.

Davis told police he and the 16-year-old buried Montee, using their hands to cover his body with dirt. Davis told police he didn’t call for police or an ambulance because he knew Montee was dead.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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