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KCPD detectives used Facebook, rental car data and KCATA surveillance to identify homicide suspects


A Kansas City man is in jail charged with second degree murder after a shooting and accident in August 2020. Probable cause documents show detectives used multiple methods to track Michael Finnell, 28, after the death by Antony Taylor Ball August 3. Taylor was killed after a car crashed into a building in the 4900 block of Swope Parkway this afternoon. Taylor, the only person in the vehicle at the time of the crash, had sustained a single gunshot wound, and several bullet holes were noted outside his car. Police used CCTV to track the route borrowed by Taylor’s car prior to this accident and were able to determine that the shooting likely occurred near 46th Street and Indiana Avenue. A web in the area recovered several used shell casings as well as a laser sight for a pistol. Detectives went through copious amounts of surveillance footage from that night, including video of a KCATA bus, which determined the victim was parked outside a house in the 4400 block of Indiana where he had an altercation with the suspect. , Facebook profiles and messages, a rental car license, GPS and speed data, as well as phone records to identify Finnell as a potential suspect in the days following the shooting. Weeks later, the Kansas City Crime Lab linked DNA found on the laser sight recovered from the scene in Finnell. Court documents show Finnell was ultimately taken into custody during a traffic stop on Wednesday. He has been charged with second degree murder and criminal action with a weapon in connection with Taylor’s death.

A Kansas City man is in jail charged with second degree murder after a shooting and accident in August 2020.

Probable cause documents show detectives used multiple methods to track Michael Finnell, 28, after the shooting death of Antony Taylor on August 3.

Taylor was killed after a car crashed into a building in the 4900 block of Swope Parkway this afternoon. Taylor, the only person in the vehicle at the time of the crash, had sustained a single gunshot wound and several bullet holes were noted outside his car.

Police used CCTV to track the route Taylor’s car took before the crash and were able to determine that the shooting likely occurred near 46th Street and Indiana Avenue. A web in the area recovered several used shell casings as well as a laser sight for a pistol.

Detectives went through copious amounts of surveillance footage from that night, including video of a KCATA bus, which determined the victim was parked outside a house in the 4400 block of Indiana where he had an altercation with the suspect.

Police used ATA video, Facebook profiles and messages, the rental car license, GPS and speed data, as well as phone records to identify Finnell as a potential suspect in the days following the shooting.

Weeks later, the Kansas City Crime Lab linked DNA found on the laser sight recovered from the scene in Finnell.

Court documents show Finnell was ultimately taken into custody during a traffic stop on Wednesday.

He has been charged with second degree murder and criminal action with a weapon in connection with Taylor’s death.

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