Man charged in shooting death outside KCK City Hall - KCTV5 News

Man charged in shooting death outside KCK City Hall

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A man has been charged in the deadly shooting outside Kansas City's City Hall last month.

On Friday, District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman filed murder charges against Jeffrey W. Platt Jr. for the Jan. 16 homicide of Marlon Williams.

Platt, 23, of Shawnee, KS, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder. 

Williams, 40, also of Shawnee, KS, was shot and killed as he was leaving City Hall, going through an outside walkway near a parking lot.

Nothing was taken from him in the shooting. When KCTV5 spoke to his family in January, they said they didn't believe it was a robbery and felt he had been targeted.

"To actually shoot him and kill him to shut him up, I am thinking that's what happened," Marlon's mother Geraldine Williams said.

Marlon Williams was scheduled to go to court to testify against Platt in another case where he was accused of shooting at Williams over an argument two years ago. A close friend, who wanted to have her identity protected, said he was concerned.

Police haven't confirmed this was the motive.

"There was known threats that if he did testify that he might as well be a dead man walking," the friend said. "The family feels that this was vendetta. It was carried out because what was said was if Marlon's not here to testify, the court case is dropped because he was the only witness."

The family said they've been receiving threats since Marlon Williams was shot.

"Marlon was suppose to testify March 24 and, as a result of that, this is why they say this happened. Hopefully charges will still be brought on that case, or it was all for nothing," said a relative who didn't want to be identified.

Marlon Williams' family said they are grateful to the police and to others who came forward in locating the suspect.

Platt is in the Wyandotte County jail and is expected to appear before in court next Tuesday. His bond is set at $1 million.

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