Archive for Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Missouri man faces murder charge

Case linked to body dumped in county

December 28, 2005

A Platte City, Mo., man faces a murder charge in connection with the death of a Kansas City, Mo., man whose body was found in northern Leavenworth County.

On Friday, 51-year-old Steven K. Hall was charged in Jackson County (Mo.) Circuit Court with two felonies: second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

A Jackson County official said Hall is being held in the Jackson County Jail. His first court date hasn't been set, the official said.

The body of the victim, 40-year-old Purl F. Groves Jr. was found Dec. 15 in a cornfield about a mile south of the Atchison-Leavenworth county line -- a quarter-mile from 227th Street.

In a press release, Kansas City, Mo., police said it appeared Groves was shot at a home in the 1900 block of Chelsea in Kansas City, Mo. His body then was dumped in the cornfield, the release said.

Detectives also said Groves was thought to be dead for a week before his body was found Dec. 15.

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