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Kansas City man faces murder charges in connection with beating death

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James E. Johnson, 38, faces second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges. Prosecutors requested a bond of $200,000 cash. (KCTV5) James E. Johnson, 38, faces second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges. Prosecutors requested a bond of $200,000 cash. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Kansas City man has been charged in the fatal beating death of another man.

James E. Johnson, 38, faces second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges. Prosecutors requested a bond of $200,000 cash.

According to court records, Kansas City police responded early on Dec. 25 to a home in the 3300 block of East 20th Street and were told that a person had died. Officers found the victim, later identified as Darren Kirk, at the base of some steps.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner determined that Kirk died of blunt force trauma.

Johnson told police detectives that he initially had claimed he was not home at the time of the homicide, but he later admitted he beat Kirk for more than an hour with a baseball bat. He left the scene and hid the bat and provided false statements to the police.

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