KC man charged with murder following 2021 shooting in vacant lot

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Published: Mar. 9, 2023 at 8:55 PM CST
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - A Kansas City, Missouri, man has been charged following a fatal shooting that happened in a vacant lot in 2021.

According to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, 24-year-old Noah Cole has been charged with second-degree murder.

According to court records, Kansas City police went to the area of Independence and Potter avenues on the morning of Nov. 29, 2021, after receiving a report about a “dead body.”

When officers arrived, they found a man in the vacant lot who had been shot. His hands were tied. He was declared deceased at the scene and later identified as Justin Michael Doza-Adams.

A shell casing was recovered from nearby. Crime scene technicians noted that the rope and other items at the scene were similar to those found at a homicide scene in Gladstone, Missouri.

A shell casing from the scene in Gladstone was linked to the one found in KCMO. Both of them matched to an assault that took place in Raytown, Missouri.

Then, DNA from the casing found at the scene in KCMO was linked to Cole. DNA from the victim’s wrist and the knot in the rope was also linked to Cole.

Cole’s mugshot is not available at this time.

New information as of Friday, March 10:

This charge out of Jackson County is a new, additional charge. This is not the first time that Cole has been charged with murder.

Back on March 1, Cole pleaded guilty in Clay County to one count of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 33-year-old Matthew Stauch on Nov. 27, 2021. Stauch was fatally stabbed and was found after his apartment in Gladstone, Missouri, was set on fire.

Cole is scheduled to be sentenced in the Clay County, Missouri, case on May 10. Cole remains in custody in Clay County, according to online records.