Man charged with murder from KC alleyway shooting

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Lorenzo Washington's booking photo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Jackson County prosecutor has charged a man in a murder from January 30. Lorenzo Washington, 29, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Thomas Kuzila.

Kuzila was killed in an alley at Brooklyn and St. John, the victim of a gunshot wound to the head. Detectives gained access to his Google account where they watched a video of a black man dancing while wearing a black wig and women’s underwear. Kuzila was seen in the video sitting on a bed and watching according to probable cause statement.

On Friday, detectives found a backpage.com advertisement where pictures of the man later determined to be Washington matched the man seen dancing in the video. The pictures also appeared to be taken in the same room where the video was shot. Officers arrested Washington later that day.

During an interview, Washington admitted to being the man in the video and to shooting Kuzila. He said he became angry with him the day before the shooting, and called an associate to get a gun. He said in the early morning hours of the 30th, he lured Kuzila into the alley and shot him, and then left the scene with the person he got the gun from in Kuzila’s truck.

Washington is in custody, and prosecutors have asked for a $250,000 bond. He’s also been charged with armed criminal action.

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