Prosecutors charge man in girlfriend’s death

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Jackson County prosecutors charged a man on Sunday with the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Prosecutors said Sean W. Ray, 41, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the first degree and armed criminal action.  They said Ray allegedly shot his girlfriend, 46-year-old Kari Tabor, Saturday at the home they shared on South Norton Avenue.

Sylvia Taylor lives across the street to the couple.  But she calls herself more than just a neighbor.  She said she and Tabor were like mother and daughter.

"It's going to be very different to know that, even though they were going to move, I would be able to see her,  It's going to be very different now to know that I won't see her at all," Taylor said.

A police report said Ray called officers just after 12 noon on Saturday.  Police said he had a blood alcohol level of .222, which is almost three times the legal driving limit.

Ray told police during later interviews that he and Tabor argued before the shooting, saying she yelled at him for buying about $57 of pet food and to pack the home because they needed to be out by the end of the week.

Ray said he intentionally pointed his .22 rifle at Tabor, and it accidentally discharged.  But he didn't mean to fire the weapon.

"I still hardly can believe that it is.  But I mean if he did it, I guess he just has to do, he'll have to do what the law says," Taylor said.

Online court documents reveal the couple did go to court on Jan. 24 against Wells Fargo for unlawfully detaining the home.  A judge ordered the bank would take over the home on Feb. 15.

"I'm very sorry to see her go, especially like this and knowing what she felt before this happened you know about the house and things like that," Taylor said.

Taylor said the couple lived in the house for at least a decade.  She said the relationship became strained over the years because of multiple things, the economy being one of them.

Read the first story on this case filed on Saturday by FOX 4 News.
Independence Police arrest man in deadly shooting incident

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