Two charged in Blue Springs homicide; victim identified


BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Zaylen Z. Smith and Donavan M. Jordan, both 21 of Kansas City, MO, have been charged in a Friday Blue Springs, MO homicide.

The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Gregory B. Marchand of Blue Springs.

According to the Jackson County Prosecutor, the three men were meeting for a marijuana deal.

Police were called to 700 block of 7 Highway in Blue Springs on reports of a shooting. When they arrived on the scene, they found Marchand with an apparent gunshot wound.

Marchand was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

The two men were found in Kansas City later that night following a pursuit that ended in a crash. A firearm was found in the vehicle.

Jordan said Smith opened the victim’s passenger door, shot him and stole the money from the transaction.

Video surveillance from a nearby store shows Smith approach the scene with a gun. The clothes from the video was later found in Smith’s apartment.

Smith had been charged second degree murder and armed criminal action. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

Jordan is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and fleeing from law enforcement. He is being held on $50,000 bond.

Police say this is still an active investigation and they are still looking for a third person of interest.

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