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Lloyd Houston was found naked, bloody and covered in feces in an upstairs bedroom of his home August 8. The 93-year-old was confused and disoriented. Two handguns and a large amount of cash were missing from his home.
Houston was taken to a hospital and later transferred to an extended-care facility. His condition improved, but he experienced breathing problems August 29 and died a day later.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Houston's death a homicide due to a head injury with complications.
A month later, a witness told police that 41-year-old Lisa Wilson had admitted stealing guns and money from Houston. In an interview with police, Wilson told a sordid tale of sex for money and betrayal. Wilson said she saw Houston sitting on his porch. Three times before, she had traded sex for money. On this day, Houston agreed to pay $60 for sex. Wilson said they went inside Houston's home, and she went into a bathroom. When she came out, Houston was holding a handgun and demanding his money back.
Wilson said she gave Houston the money. She said he told her to take off her clothes, and he set down the handgun. Wilson ran. Houston, naked but unarmed, chased her. Wilson reached the front door but hit Houston with a lamp. She wasn't sure how many times she hit him, but it was more than once. Wilson admitted running upstairs and taking Houston's guns and an envelope with $700-$800 inside. She is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Stray Bullet Kills Bystander Trying to Protect Children
Samir Clark, 19, was in the wrong place at the wrong time on August 16, when someone opened fire near his cousin's apartment, in the 6400 block of Northeast 43rd Street. Two men were arguing outside the building around 11 p.m. The situation escalated, and Clark and his cousin, who weren't involved in the dispute, went inside the apartment. Soon they heard a knock on the door and a woman saying, "Let my kids in." Clark and his cousin rushed the woman and her children into a bathroom when shots were fired. A bullet struck Clark in the neck.
Clark was a 2010 graduate of University Academy, where he was a standout athlete and an Eagle Scout. He also played football at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. He was preparing to transfer to Tennessee State University to play football and study for a degree in physical therapy.
Man Kills Mother-in-Law
Michael Tittone told detectives that he shot his mother-in-law, Pamela Graves, in the abdomen August 22 after the 52-year-old woman punched him. Graves' body was found in the kitchen of a home in the 3500 block of St. John. She was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Tittone, 27, was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Man Shot 22 Times at Car Wash
Jose Jenkins was shot 22 times at a car wash at 42nd Street and Prospect September 25. Jackson County prosecutors charged 34-year-old Timothy McClendon with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in Jenkins' death. Court records say surveillance cameras captured Jenkins initiating a gunfight with McClendon, who returned fire and hit Jenkins.
Jenkins, wounded, couldn't get to his feet. Police say McClendon walked to his tan Subaru, reloaded his gun and fired multiple shots at Jenkins. McClendon is accused of then getting in his vehicle, driving up to Jenkins' body and firing again. McClendon then allegedly backed up the car and fired more shots before finally driving off.
According to court records, McClendon didn't know who was shooting at him, but he admitted returning fire.