Man Accused in Independence Shooting Death
A man is accused of fatally shooting a 23-year-old man in Independence, Missouri.
Jackson County prosecutors on Tuesday charged 20-year-old Tyrone Willard II of Kansas City with second-degree murder in the Dec. 4 death of Phillip Diaz. Willard also is charged with distributing or delivering a controlled substance.
Authorities say Diaz was shot outside an apartment complex. Police say the police tracked a car described at the crime scene to someone who knew Willard, and Diaz's last text message was from Willard.
Authorities say Willard told investigators he met Diaz for a drug deal, and that Diaz was shot during that transaction in the suspect's vehicle.
Online court records don't show whether Willard has an attorney.