Kansas City homicide victim’s family says second degree murder charge doesn’t fit suspect’s crime

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a suspect they say fired shots into a home near 57th and Manchester, killing a man in August.

Victor Nevels, 29, has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Keenon Durham Sr. The charges offer a bit of relief to Durham’s parents, but they say the charge of second degree murder against him is much too light.

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According to court records, when police arrived on the scene of the shooting August 19th, they found Durham suffering from gunshot wounds, and he later died.

Several witnesses say it was Nevels they saw running from the home. Durham`s parents say Nevels was upset their son was dating a woman with whom Nevels has a child. They say that child was in the room when Nevels killed their son, and that the child’s mother was only dating their son about a couple weeks when Durham was gunned down.

Durham`s parents are overjoyed an arrest has been made.

"That made me feel good because we don`t have my other son`s murderer, but we got him instantly so he deserves to be off the streets," said his mother Loise Barnes, who says her other son Kevin was killed less than a year ago also due to a relationship dispute.

Durham’s father is happy about an arrest, but he and Barnes disagrees with the charge of second degree murder.

"No, I’m not in accordance with the second degree charge. It doesn`t fit. Anybody who hears the case will probably agree too,” said Michael Thomas.

“He lay and waited like he was a cat. Some type of prey or something. He knew the layout of the home because he used to live there apparently," said Thomas while making the argument that Nevels should be charged with first degree murder.

In addition to second degree murder, Nevels faces two counts of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and endangering a child in the first degree.

Durham`s parents planned to ask that the charges be upgraded.

Prosecutors requested Nevels be held on a $400,000 bond. Durham’s parents say he was looking forward to going to college when he was killed. They say his school supplies are still in his car.