Monday, January 31, 2011

Bruce Cunningham and Roland Mitchell III accused of killing Orlando Smith outside of party

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 3:00 PM

click to enlarge Bruce Cunningham is facing murder charges.
  • Bruce Cunningham is facing murder charges.

Orlando Smith was running for his life in a parking lot after a teen dance party let out. Witnesses told police they saw Bruce Cunningham and Roland Wayne Mitchell III chasing the 19-year-old, firing a handgun at him.

Smith was found dead in a parking lot near 15th

and Holmes just before 1 a.m. January 17. Between 150 and 200 people were at the party, which was just letting out at the time of the killing.



click to enlarge Roland Wayne Michtell III
  • Roland Wayne Michtell III
Witnesses told police that a

confrontation involving four black males led to the shooting that killed

Smith. They saw a black jeep fleeing the scene and later identified Cunningham and Mitchell as the shooters, according to court documents. Cunningham and Mitchell apparently met up with a group of people at IHOP in Grandview, court records say.

On Monday, Jackson County prosecutors charged Cunningham and Mitchell with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. They'll both be back in court for a preliminary hearing on February 28.

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