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.
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.