Suspect Charged in Road Rage Killing

The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday that 58-year-old Nicholas Webb has been charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action.

Posted: May. 10, 2018 3:41 PM
Updated: May. 11, 2018 8:28 AM

(LEE'S SUMMIT) A Pleasant Hill man has been charged in the road rage killing of a St. Joseph man.


The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday that 58-year-old Nicholas Webb has been charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action.

According to the prosecutor's office, Lee's Summit Police officers responded to Interstate 470 in the area of Colbern Road on a reported man on the ground on Saturday. When officers arrived they found Cody Harter with a large wound.

"None of us have an answer as to why. We couldn't possibly give that to you. Not one that would make any sense," Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecutor, said.
Prosecutors said witnesses and surveillance video of the victim's and the suspect's vehicles led police to the suspect.

"This was something that we felt we needed to really work...again tirelessly until we covered every lead, and pursued every lead that we could," Chief Travis Forbes, Lee's Summit Police Department, said.

Lee's Summit police took Webb into custody on Wednesday.

According to court records, he told police he had exchanged words with the driver of a truck and acknowledged getting out of his vehicle. He also stated the victim looked familiar.

Lee's Summit police also found that Webb had been arrested in Liberty on the same day as the homicide. Information from that arrest showed Webb had a knife in his pants pocket.

Jackson County prosecutors said Webb had been previously convicted in 1981, when he was charged 35 years in prison for murder.

“There’s been a lot of questions about how is it that this man can be out," Baker said. "In essence, he served almost, day-to-day, his entire sentence. He just did so a little bit broken up and he was released, originally, after 15 years."

Prosecutors added that since then, a law has been put into place called the 85 rule. This means, if Webb gets convicted on these charges, he will have to spend at least 85 percent of his sentence in jail.

Webb's bond has been set at $500,000.


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