A double murder case in Kansas City, KS, could be in jeopardy.
Sources told KCTV5 the investigation into the double murder has sparked a special investigation by police into a KCK police commander. Some detectives feel lines were crossed, and that could cause serious problems if the case is ever charged.
Now police are investigating each other while the victims' family waits for justice.
"My daughter and son-in-law was murdered," said Donice Freeman, the victim's mother.
Keith Barrett, 21, and Renesha Jones, 16, were shot and killed the in the early morning hours of March 4. Barrett's 6-month-old son was also shot, but survived his injuries.
Jones, the baby's aunt, was babysitting when the shooting happened. The family wants to see those responsible brought to justice.
"I don't understand how something so tragic can happen to good people," Marquita Mosley said.
The KCK Police Department convened the Metro Squad to investigate the double murder.
The Metro Squad consists of 14 seasoned detectives from agencies around the area. Once the squad is called in, the investigation is solely in the hands of those 14 detectives.
But KCTV5 has learned, according to sources, at least three detectives with the Metro Squad have filed formal complaints against a top ranking KCK commander.
The detectives allege the commander interfered with the investigation, and might have violated the civil rights of the prime suspect, which could put the entire case against the suspect in jeopardy.
The special internal investigation is being handled by KCK Police, according to sources, and all members of the Metro Squad are being questioned about what reportedly happened.
"We are actively investigating the case and looking at all aspects of the case so we don't lose the case. Anything else, any personnel matters, we don't want to over shadow the possibility of prosecution," said the Kansas City, KS, Police Department in a written statement when asked about the allegations and special internal investigation.
Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerry Gorman said there were three suspects, but his office doesn't feel there is enough evidence at this time to prosecute two of the three.
A case against the third suspect, who is at the center of the internal investigation, has not been presented to the district attorney's office. Gorman said he has had conversations with KCK Police about the suspect, but he could not comment about what those talks were about.
The KCK Police Department released the following statement shortly after noon Wednesday about the Metro Squad allegations:
The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is aggressively investigating the double homicide of Keith Barrett & Re'Nisha Jones, which occurred on March 4, 2012. The Metro Squad convened on March 5, 2012, to assist us with the investigation and we greatly appreciate their assistance. The Police Department is still following up on leads and anticipates submitting a case to the District Attorney's office for the filing of charges in the next couple of weeks.
We are looking into a procedural issue that was brought to our attention during the Metro Squad investigation.
We ask that anyone who as any information regarding the homicide of Keith Barrett and Re'Nisha Jones to please contact 816-474-TIPS.
There is nothing further to report at this time.
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