Thursday, December 30, 2010

Markus Whitelaw charged with murder; Oladimeji Oladipo allegedly killed over a laptop computer

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge The local Nigerian community mourns Oladimeji Oladipo.
  • The local Nigerian community mourns Oladimeji Oladipo.

Early in the morning of July 13, the body of Nigerian-born Oladimeji Oladipo was discovered in his vehicle parked in the lot of a McDonald's restaurant at 6406 Troost. Oladipo, a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City who was employed as a corrections officer, had been shot to death. His laptop computer was missing. No one had been charged with his slaying, the 59th of 2010, until Thursday.

Markus E. Whitelaw, known as "Twin," admitted providing the gun used in the robbery turned murder of Oladipo. Jackson County prosecutors have now charged Whitelaw with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.



Whitelaw was arrested December 29 in connection with the crime. According to the probable-cause statement by Kansas City police detective Everett Babcock, Whitelaw said he was at the BP gas station with three women and a male friend the night of the killing.

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"Twin" will be 20 years

old next month.

​Two young men approached Whitelaw and told him that they were going to steal a laptop from someone in the nearby McDonald's parking lot. Whitelaw told police that he left the gas station and came back with a snub-nosed revolver that he gave to one of the wannabe robbers. After the two men left, Whitelaw said, he heard a gunshot. When the men returned, they gave Whitelaw the laptop. One of the men said of the victim, "He didn't want to give it up, and shit got crazy."

The men tried to give Whitelaw the revolver back, but he refused to take it.

Police tracked down the three women who were with Whitelaw that night. One had Oladipo's laptop. They confirmed Whitelaw's account of the events on the night of the killing. 

Oladipo's murder received attention from Nigerian media. An article by freelance reporter Roland Bankole Marke described how 25 eulogies were given for the slain man during his funeral service. Marke reported:
Friends and relatives said that he was a faithful born-again Christian, who followed the teachings of the Bible with a passion.

He was already engaged in Nigeria to his family-approved sweetheart,

and had planned to marry her right after graduation on his return to the

motherland.

Oladipo had only two semesters left before he would have graduated from UMKC with a degree in economics.

Given the description of the crime, we'll be surprised if Whitelaw remains the only suspect charged with Oladipo's slaying.

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