Friday, Mar. 01, 2013
Raymore police charge husband in fatal shooting
By Bethany Bashioum
A Raymore man has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly shooting his wife at their home in the 300 block of South Sunrise Drive of Raymore.
The incident is the first homicide to occur in Raymore in more than six years.
Raymore police were called to an apartment complex near the intersection Missouri 58 Highway shots had been fired in the home at approximately 7 a.m. Feb. 23.
Capt. Jim Wilson said police responded to a call that a female victim, who has been identified as 30-year-old Danielle Beckett, had been shot twice in the head.
The victim was transported by South Metro’s EMS personnel to Research Main Hospital where she later died as a result of her wounds.
By Saturday evening, prosecuters charged the woman’s husband, Erick Beckett, 34.
During the police interview, Beckett stated that he and his wife had been in the bedroom having an argument when he picked up a firearm from the bedroom mattress and shot his wife.
Beckett was arrested and is being held in the Cass County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond.
The previous homicide occurred in January 2007 when 30-year-old Sheldon A.C. Haynes was shot to death while in his vehicle in the driveway of his home in the 300 block of Mulberry, Raymore Police Chief Jan Zimmerman.
Two suspects, Wayland D. Morrow, 33, Robert A. Morrow, 32, both of Kansas City, were eventually identified and prosecuted.