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Man charged with 2nd degree murder pleads to a lesser charge

Police say they responded to a Parsons home on June 1 and found Michael Henninger, 35, shot to death.

Police say they found a working meth lab on the property.

Justin Cooper, 23, was arrested and charged with second degree murder, manufacture of a controlled substance and aggravated battery.

Cooper has now plead guilty to an amended charge of voluntary manslaughter and manufacturing meth.

Posted Tuesday June 1, 2010 - 8:42 PM CST

Police in Parsons, Kansas are on the case of a Tuesday afternoon homicide.

Police say they responded to a house on Broadway calling it an argument with shots fired.

Officers found a 35-year-old male dead inside the home.

According to police one suspect was arrested about an hour later.

Police are not yet releasing the name of the victim or suspect.

Updated Wednesday June 2, 2010 - 1:40 PM CST

Police say Michael D. Henninger, 35, of Parsons died from a gunshot wound to the chest in Tuesday's shooting at 3005 Broadway.

According to a news release issued by the Parsons Police Department officers were dispatched to 3005 Broadway at 2:38 p.m. on Tuesday for a disturbance with shots fired.  When they arrived Henninger was found on the front porch of the home.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Justin R. Cooper, 23, of Parsons was arrested after a brief search.  A murder charge is expected to be filed in Labette County District Court Wednesday.

"We have recovered a single shot shotgun at the scene," Parsons Police Chief John Keele says in the release.  "We believe it was the weapon used."

While searching the property investigators found what appears to be an active methamphetamine lab.  Additional resources have been called in to address the clean-up.

The investigation into the shooting and meth lab is ongoing and additional charges are expected to be filed.

Updated Wednesday June 2, 2010 - 4:10 PM CST

The Kansas Attorney General's office has filed the following charges against Justin R. Cooper:

  • 2nd degree murder
  • manufacture of a controlled substance
  • aggravated battery

Updated Wednesday July 28, 2010 - 5:20 PM CST

Justin Cooper, 23, has now plead guilty to an amended charge of voluntary manslaughter and manufacturing meth.

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