KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, man pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday in connection to the shooting death of a long-time Kansas City barber in his shop last year.
Georgio White, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, robbery and two counts of armed criminal action for his role in the November, 2011, shooting death of Joe Jackson during a botched robbery attempt at Jackson’s barber shop on Troost.
A second suspect, David Waters, faces trial for his role in the crime later this month.
According to court documents, after shooting Jackson, White accidentally shot himself in the arm, and then fired more shots into Jackson’s body as he lay bleeding on the floor. Police were able to follow a bloody trail to White’s ex-girlfriend’s apartment.
Surveillance video showed White, Waters and an unidentified woman trying to clean up blood at a nearby apartment complex. Police say that Waters told detectives what happened inside the barber shop, but denied any role in the shooting.
The murder stunned everybody who knew Jackson.
“He was my childhood barber,” said former customer Phil Diamond. “His death was a tremendous loss to the community. I reopened Diamond Cuts because I didn’t want the community to be viewed as a stigma.”
Fellow barbers in the shop say that they feel safer because the doors to the shop automatically lock, and only customers they know are buzzed-in.
“I think he should be remembered for the great work he did,” said stylist Lela Gaines. “This wasn’t the first barber shop he had worked in. Everywhere he went he basically made a statement as far as his professionalism and caring for people who couldn’t even afford to get their hair cut.”
White is scheduled to be sentenced in January. He faces between 12 and 20 years behind bars.