Teen charged in Kansas murder

November 19, 2019 - 8:43 pm

A teenager charged with murder in Kansas told investigators he didn’t know a gun was loaded when a second teen was fatally shot.

Court documents released recently say the teenagers stole the gun from a car and were playing with it when Zavier Mendoza, 14, was shot Aug. 8 at a townhome in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe.

Prosecutors charged the boy, 13, from suburban Roeland Park with second-degree murder. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe declined to comment on the charging decision.

Authorities have not released the boy's name because of his age.

He’s scheduled to go to trial Jan. 13.

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