Jackson County prosecutors on Wednesday accused Leroy E. Chism, 33, of pistol-whipping a friend to death Monday night because of something the friend said to Chism’s girlfriend.
Prosecutors charged the Chism, of Kansas City, with second-degree murder in the death of Jachin M. Reedy, 25, who was found mortally wounded on his front porch in the 3600 block of Highland Avenue just before 10 p.m.
Reedy had been beaten on Chism’s porch and taken home, according to court records, which gave this account:
Reedy, Chism and another man were drinking beer and getting along until Chism confronted Reedy about something. Chism asked his girlfriend what Reedy had said to her earlier that night. She replied that Reedy said: “I got something to tell you. But I don’t know how to tell you,” after he overheard the girlfriend and a friend talking about how their boyfriends were cheating on them.
Reedy tried to calm Chism down.
“We’re better than this,” he reportedly said to Chism.
But Chism allegedly hit Reedy in the face with a gun, knocking Reedy off a porch onto a sidewalk. Chism allegedly hit Reedy a second time as Reedy lay defenseless on the ground. Then Chism allegedly chambered a round and pointed the gun at Reedy’s forehead, prompting a friend to beg him not to shoot. Chism went into his home, washed his hands and fled. The friend carried Reedy to Reedy’s home and called for an ambulance.
Police arrested Chism Tuesday night. He denied hitting the victim. Police found a bloody T-shirt and blood on the sink inside Chism’s apartment.
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