Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Independence, MO: KC man charged in death of his wife in Independence

A Kansas City man has been charged with murder of his wife, who was an Independence resident.

Gary K. Grandberry, 37, was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action by the Jackson County prosecutors office on Wednesday.

Independence police were called to a home on East 35th Terrace South on Feb. 17, 2011, after Nia Grandberry called police and told them that her husband had shot her.

Police arrived and found her in the breezeway of the apartment complex. She had been shot twice, according to court documents. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police, using a K9 unit, later found a handgun near some rocks by a restaurant. Shell casings found were from Nia’s apartment. Police said other evidence placed Gary in the area of the crime scene the night she was killed.

Prosecutors have requested a bond of $250,000 cash.

Gary Grandberry was on parole when the shooting occurred in 2011. He had been sentenced to 20 years for second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges in a 1993 case, which involved the shooting death of Michael A. Wilson of Independence during a robbery.

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