Spencer J. Crosthwait: Parkville's first homicide victim of 2010 killed over a girl (updated)

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Justin Dougan is charged with killing Crosthwait during a drive-by shooting.
  • Justin Dougan is charged with killing Crosthwait during a drive-by shooting.

Update (3:41 p.m. July 30): Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced charges today against two people in Spencer Crosthwait's death. Stephen L. Ellis and Justin L. Dougan, both 19 and from Kansas City, have been charged with second-degree murder. Zahnd alleges that Ellis was the driver and Dougan was the gunman. They face life in prison if convicted. A third person in the car hasn't been charged but is in custody. Dougan also faces a charge of armed criminal action, and Ellis was also charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Both are in Platte County jail on $250,000 bond.



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Crosthwait was going to

be a senior this fall at Park Hill High School.

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story (12:30 p.m. July 30): A dispute over a girl may have led to

rare homicide in Parkville on Thursday. Police have identified the

victim of a drive-by slaying

on Highway 45 as Spencer J. Crosthwait. The 17-year-old was

driving his prized black Ford Thunderbird with a friend when another car

pulled up next to him, and someone fired a single shot from a rifle,

killing Crosthwait.


Stephen Ellis is accused of driving the car.
  • Stephen Ellis is accused of driving the car.
KMBC is reporting that Crosthwait's passenger managed to guide the vehicle into a Price Chopper parking lot, where he died. The alleged shooter's wheelman turned himself in to police yesterday, leading authorities to two other suspects. Eerily, Parkville police chief Kevin Chrisman says Crosthwait uttered the name of his murderer to his passenger before dying. Parkville reportedly hadn't had a homicide in more than 15 years.

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