November 26, 2018
Waiting for a trial is probably as boring as hell.
Can you really blame a darkie for spicing things up a bit?
The man arrested and charged with a Sunday morning murder in Independence was free as he awaited trial in a separate murder case.
Michael T. Dumas, 27, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action in connection with a shooting around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday in the 3800 block of South Sterling Ave. in Independence.
That murder also was connected with an investigation that required assistance from the bomb squad Sunday afternoon in the 11300 block of East 39th Terrace South.
According to a release from the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, witnesses said Dumas “had recently been with the homicide victim, Sarah Simms.” Simms was a cooperating witness in a Sept. 29, 2017, killing for which Dumas also was charged.
Court documents show that Dumas was scheduled for trial January 7, 2019, for second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Phillip J. Anderson last year.
Dumas had been free since Nov. 4, 2017, after posting a $150,000 bond, according to a spokesman from the prosecutor’s office.