A 37-year-old man is facing murder charges Monday night after a shooting death in an Independence motel Sunday.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said that Vaughn L. Krepps has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Thomas Kuether.
Kuether was shot and killed in a Super 6 motel on South Noland Road Sunday evening.
According to police reports, witnesses say Krepps was at the motel preparing to finish some tattoo work on individuals in the room when, without warning, he stood up and said to Kuether, "What did you just say?" Witnesses say Krepps then pulled out a small chrome revolver and shot Kuether, once in the stomach.
One woman said she had asked for a cigarette and Kuether, replied that he could give her one.
"She stated that without warning Mr. Krepps said to Mr. Kuether, 'What did you say?' and then shot him for no reason," according to court documents.
Kuether was pronounced dead at Centerpoint Medical Center just before 10 p.m. Sunday.
Bond for Krepps has been set at $150,000.
According to court documents, Krepps initially denied knowing anyone in the room and had no issues with anyone in the room. When confronted by witness statements, Krepps asked for an attorney and made no further comment, according to court records.
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