Suspect in Independence road rage murder returns to Jackson County after being arrested in South Dakota

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The man charged in the road rage murder of an Independence mom is back in Jackson County after being arrested in South Dakota.

Christopher P. Taylor

Christopher P. Taylor

Christopher P. Taylor, 39, of Independence faces charges of 2nd degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of 22-year-old Whitney Gray on Oct. 13.

Prosecutors say Taylor shot Gray while she was driving with three people in her car, including her two children, in a road rage incident.

Police began searching for Taylor after witnesses recognized his white SUV from surveillance footage featured on the news and informed police. Family members also told police they became suspicious that Taylor was involved after it appeared he had packed up many of his belongings and left his home. Taylor’s boss also said he uncharacteristically did not show up for work the Monday morning after the Sunday night shooting.

U.S. Marshals tracked Taylor to a hotel in Box Elder, South Dakota, approximately 700 miles from Independence, and arrested him on Oct. 15.

He was transferred to the Jackson County jail Tuesday. Prosecutors have requested a $100,000 cash bond.

“The Independence Police Department and our community deserve praise for working together to bring this suspect to justice,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said. “Our community has shown again it will not tolerate such senseless violence.”

Family and friends of the victim set up a GoFundMe for Gray and her young sons. Click here to donate.

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