STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Platte County grand jury refuses to indict after shooting

A Platte County grand jury says Missouri law is on the side of a Kansas City man who killed two men over a fight about $200 worth of firewood near Parkville earlier this year.

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 9:42 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2021 9:53 AM

(PLATTE COUNTY, Mo.) A Platte County grand jury says Missouri law is on the side of a Kansas City man who killed two men over a fight about $200 worth of firewood near Parkville earlier this year.

A Kansas City man who killed two men near Parkville in February was set free by a Platte County Grand Jury.

Platte County prosecutor says the group declined to indict the 22-year-old citing Missouri’s stand your ground law.

The suspect’s name was never released by authorities because he was not formally charged.

We know Kalob lawson 34, of Kimberling City and Jonathan Lutz, 44 of Kansas City were shot on February 10.

They and another man were paid $200 dollars to deliver some firewood to a Platte County home.

The homeowner left as they were unloading the wood and according to prosecutor Eric Zahnd, the men left without delivering the full cord.

The homeowner’s son jumped in his car and chased down Lawson and Lutz.

The cars eventually stopped with Lutz and Lawson getting out.

Zahnd says Lawson was armed with a 9 mm handgun.

Lawson then threatened the son with a gun, the son whipped out his own gun and fired several shots killing Lawson at the scene.
Lutz died later at the hospital.

The son returned home, called the police, and surrendered to authorities.

In a news release, Zahnd says Missouri’s "stand your ground" law allows people to use deadly force if they reasonably believe it is necessary to protect themselves against death or serious physical injury.

The grand jury clearly believed this was one of those times.

The case was investigated by Parkville police, Platte County Sheriff's office and Kansas Cty Police Department.

St. Joseph
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 47°
Maryville
Partly Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 45°
Savannah
Partly Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 47°
Cameron
Partly Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 53°
Atchison
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 51°
It was a pleasant start to the weekend with sunny skies and temperatures reaching the mid 60s. A cold front moving through the area will bring us down into the 30s for lows overnight with gusty winds up to 20 mph. This will keep our highs in the 50s on Sunday under mostly sunny skies with mild winds from the southwest. Temperatures will quickly start to warm up again on Monday with highs in the mid 60s. Rain chances look to stay minimal into next week. Temperatures are forecasted to stay above average for the first day of December on Wednesday.
KQTV Radar
KQTV Temperatures
KQTV Alerts

Community Events