KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Two murder suspects surrendered to police Friday afternoon after a standoff that began around 10:30 a.m.
Police surrounded a duplex in the 6100 block of Farrow in Kansas City, Kansas Friday morning because they believed a murder suspect was inside. Later, two people - identified as Lamario Stayton, 24, and his cousin, Cassey Ellis - surrendered to authorities.
Stayton was taken into custody on a warrant for a parole violation, but authorities say he is a suspect in a double murder that occurred at the Egyptian Motorcycle Club, 1300 block of Roswell Ave., on Saturday, Aug. 11, at about 2:45 a.m. The victims were Laura Mitchie, 40, and Monty Taylor, 54.
Authorities say that Mitchie was Stayton's biological mother.
"He's really hurt becaue his mama is gone. He's hurt," said Stayton's cousin, Fern Taylor. Stayton's family says that they cannot believe that he is a suspect in his mother's murder, claiming that Mitchie died trying to shield her son from the gunfire.
"My grandson didn't kill his mama," said Stayton's grandmother, "Bobby". "My grandson didn't do that. She died for her grandson."
According to authorities, when police arrived at the scene last Saturday, they say they saw a man firing a gun. He jumped into a car and fled toward Riverside, Mo., where they were able to arrest him.
Now Stayton's family says that they face the difficult task of burying a loved one, while at the same time trying to defend another who is accused of being involved in her death.
"My daughter was killed Saturday morning," said Bobby. "This is my grandson and they're saying all kinds of things. I'm just going through hell."