KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three-year-old murder victim Amorian Hale’s father, Chris, says the healing process is a long road, but considers charges against two new suspects one big step towards getting justice for his son.
A total of three men now stand charged with first degree murder in the fatal May, 2015 drive-by shooting, and Chris Hale says he’s relieved that justice is finally being served. Dominque Marchbanks and Sulif Wilkins were charged on Tuesday, joining the first suspect to get charged, Sir’Terry Stevenson.
“Coincidentally, yesterday was the first time of me actually going up to my son’s gravesite this year, so yeah, for the day after for us to hear this, I’m actually, it’s off of my heart,” he told FOX 4.
But Hale also says it’s tough to move on when he feels like he’s being unfairly blamed for his son’s murder; allegations that evolved when court documents revealed he was the intended target.
According to court documents, the suspects believed Hale killed their loved one, D’Shawn Marchbanks, in January of 2015, and shot at his home in the 6700 block of Walrond in retaliation.
“I don’t know D’shawn Marchbanks, had never talked to D’Shawn Marchbanks, had never been in his vicinity,” Hale said.
He does, on the other hand, know suspect Sulif Wilkins, whom he once considered a friend. Wilkins stayed at Hale's house the night before the shooting.
“I just feel like you’re a backstabber because you just had a son, and by you not having a job, by you not having no money or nothing, I’m giving you clothes for your son, providing for your son. Well, congratulations, you feel like a man,” Hale said.
He says he now wants the focus to stay on the three suspects, and thinks they deserve to die for what they’re accused of.
“Honestly, if it were up to me, you can just lock me in a room with them for 10 minutes, straight walls, and whoever comes back alive is a free man,” he said.
“Y’all cowards. Y’all shoot up houses, you know what I’m saying? And the anger that I have, I’ll have to go to therapy because of this.”
Prosecutors say both murder cases for Amorian Hale and D’Shawn Marchbanks are still ongoing investigations, and it’s possible more charges will come down in the future. In addition to murder charges against the three men accused in Amorian’s death, they’re also charged with unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action.