Fifth Suspect Charged in Independence Triple Homicide Case

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Prosecutors have charged a fifth suspect in the home-invasion robbery that left three Independence residents dead.

Carlos Zambrano, Jr., 27, of Kansas City faces three counts of first-degree murder and six other felony counts in the November 16th triple-homicide that left Maria Hernandez, 48, her son, Antonio Hernandez, 19, and Tomas Dominguez dead in the 1500 block of South Pope. A fourth victim, identified a 13-year-old boy, was critically injured in the shooting.

According to prosecutors, Zambrano was released from prison just a week and a half before the shootings.

Antonio Cervantes III, 32, Kevin M. Finley, 33, Raul Soto, 22, and Bobbi Jo Phillips, 37, have already been charged with nine felony counts each, including three counts of first-degree murder, four counts of armed criminal action and assault in connection to the murder.

Authorities said the shooting was part of a home invasion-robbery involving drugs and that the suspects all knew the victims. Police said the suspects used duct tape to tie up the victims before shooting them.

On Monday, a Jackson County Judge ruled that Cervantes, Finley, Soto and Phillips are risks to the community and should be held without bond.

All the suspects in the case are due back in court on December 12.

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