Man acquitted in 2012 murder of Gladstone AT&T worker dies in wr - KCTV5

Man acquitted in 2012 murder of Gladstone AT&T worker dies in wreck that killed another man

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Officers say Bryan Middlemas, 40, of Raytown was driving the Honda. (KCTV5) Officers say Bryan Middlemas, 40, of Raytown was driving the Honda. (KCTV5)
The crash was on a stretch of Highway 24 near Ewing just before noon Monday. (Chopper5) The crash was on a stretch of Highway 24 near Ewing just before noon Monday. (Chopper5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

One of the two men killed in a car wreck earlier this week was acquitted in 2012 of beating an AT&T worker to death.

Bryan Middlemas, 40, of Raytown has been identified as one the two people killed in what witnesses called a street racing crash. The other victim has been identified as Perry Green, 56, of Independence.

The wreck happened was on a stretch of U.S. Highway 24 near Ewing just before noon Monday. Police say a Honda crossed the center line and hit a Ford pick-up truck head-on. The drivers of both vehicles were killed.

Officers say Middlemas was driving the Honda, and Green was driving the Ford.

Witnesses say a silver Pontiac was racing Middlemas. The Pontiac left the scene.

Just over a year ago, Middlemas was acquitted in the death of Kevin Mashburn, who was on a service call at an apartment complex in Gladstone when he was brutally attacked. He was taken to North Kansas City Hospital where he died from his injuries.

The Metropolitan Major Case Squad spent five days after Mashburn's murder following several leads in this case before arresting Middlemas.

After a four-day trial, jurors found Middlemas not guilty on all counts.

William Mashburn, whose father was killed in the attack, said, “It was always the potential that somebody innocent could be the victim again of this guy and whatever he was doing, and it turns out it was Perry Green and his family." "He’s got a big family," he said. "Seven kids, 10 grandkids, from what I’ve gathered. It just seems like a really good family that’s also suffered a tragic loss because this person just can’t act in a way that we would consider civilized or even decent at all.”

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