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Smith sentenced to 18 years for McKibben murder

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Kristopher Smith Kristopher Smith
David McKibben David McKibben
Anthony Carter Anthony Carter
Neighbor to where McKibben lived is on alert for the safety of his family Neighbor to where McKibben lived is on alert for the safety of his family

3/8/2016: 

According to Jasper County court documents, Judge Gayle Crane sentenced Kristopher Smith to 18 years for the murder of David McKibben. 

1/12/2016: 

Smith changed his plea from not guilty to guilty of 2nd Degree Murder. 

1/4/2016:

According to court documents, Anthony Carter was sentenced to 20 years for the murder of David McKibben. He will also have to pay court fees. The co-defendant in this case, Kristopher Smith, will be in court next week.

10/27/2015:

Anthony Carter pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder in the death of David McKibben. According to court documents, prosecutors recommend capping Carter's prison sentence at 20 years. 

Circuit Judge Gayle Crane has set Carter's hearing for January 4, 2016. Kristopher Smith's trial begins January 19, 2016. Smith is also charged w/ 2nd degree murder in McKibben's death.

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6/15:  

State appears by Kimberly Fisher, APA. Defendant appears by attorney Brett Meeker. Defendant's Motion for Bond Reduction is taken up for hearing. Motion overruled. Pretrial motions set for August 31, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Jury trial set for October 13 - 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Parties to appear in Court for trial at 8:30 a.m. So Ordered. Gayle L. Crane, Circuit Judge.

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12/15: 

Smith appears in custody and with attorney, Elizabeth Satchell on behalf of attorney Pamela Musgrave. The State appears by Kimberly Fisher, APA. Defendant is furnished a copy of the Information, waives reading thereof and enters a plea of not guilty. Pre-trial motions or change of plea set for December 29, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. Defendant is experiencing mental health issues. Court orders that Defendant is to be evaluated by medical staff at the jail regarding his medications, and the jail is then to inform the Court of the results of that evaluation. Defense counsel makes oral motion to set bond. Court sets bond at $100,000.00 cash only.

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11/26:  Anthony Carter' hearing was held today, and appeared with attorney Brett Meeker. Defendant advised of right to a preliminary hearing and voluntarily waives preliminary hearing. Pursuant to waiver defendant is ordered bound over to Circuit Court for trial. Case set for appearance in Circuit Court, Division I on 12-29-14 at 9:00 a.m.

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Police arrested 21-year-old Anthony Carter and 27-year-old Kristopher Smith today. They've been charged with second degree murder in the death of 71-year-old David McKibben of Joplin. 

Lieutenant Matt Stewart says they aren't yet releasing many details on the investigation. Police say public tips starting coming in early on in the investigation, which helped officials develop the two suspects and obtain arrest warrants.

"We received some leads from the public about the crime and we were able to follow up on those leads and develop them as suspects fairly early on in the investigation and then we were able to obtain enough information to get arrest warrants for both of them," said Stewart.

Stewart says this is believed to be a targeted homicide against McKibben and not a random act of violence.

Update 9/10:  

Homicide Investigation—Update 1—Arrests Made

The Joplin Police Department is continuing to actively work the case of the homicide that occurred at 201 N. Wall Apt. 1. On September 10, 2014 Detectives with the Joplin Police Department applied for and obtained arrest warrants for two subjects involved with the homicide of Mr. McKibbens.

The Joplin Police Department was able to develop two potential suspects involved with the homicide and after working on leads that had come into the police department, we were able to obtain arrest warrants for these two suspects. Arrest Warrants for Murder 2nd Degree (RSMO 565.021—Class A Felony) were issued for Anthony M. Carter a 21 year old male from Joplin and for Kristopher M. Smith a 27 year old male from Joplin. There is no bond on these warrants.

On September 10, 2014, Mr. Smith was arrested in Kansas City, MO by the Kansas City MO Police Department. He remains in custody in Kansas City at this time.

On September 10, 2014, Mr. Carter was located in the area of 16th and Sergeant where he was taken into custody. Mr. Carter is currently in custody at the Joplin City Jail.

The investigation is still ongoing and we are continuing to follow up with leads. Detectives have determined that this homicide was targeted towards the deceased, Mr. McKibben and not a random act of violence.

Friends and neighbors of a man who was found dead Saturday react to not only news of his passing, but also the police investigation of his death.Everyone knows a person like the late David McKibben.

"He was a nice guy.  He was a straight forward kind of person, too.  But I really enjoyed that about him," says Zachary Hicks, who lives next door to where 71-year-old McKibben lived.

"I never saw him arguing with someone.  He was always talking to someone, but never arguing," says Hicks.

Joplin police say on Saturday, McKibben was found dead inside his apartment.  Police have ruled the case as a homicide.  Hicks says he and his wife were away for most of the day on Saturday.

"I was a little worried and confused, because he didn't seem like the guy who made anybody that angry, I guess," says Hicks.

Another neighbor, who didn't want to be interviewed on camera, tells us she was a good friend of McKibben, and knew something was wrong Saturday when the morning newspaper was still outside his door.  He should have read it by the afternoon, under normal circumstances.

The pastor where McKibben went to church says McKibben was a man of routine.

"I've only known David for four and a half years.  Since I've been pastor here.  He'd been a member here, I know, for over 30 years," says Pastor Jamie Tickel of the First Baptist Church of Joplin.

The woman who didn't want to be interviewed on camera tells us she had a key to McKibben's door, and found him on the floor in a room he used as an office.

Police are not releasing many details of the case, putting Hicks and his family on alert.

"Now that we have a child, it makes me more defensive, I guess, in everything.  Protect the home," says Hicks.

Hicks says he's learned crime can happen anywhere.

The neighbor who discovered McKibben's body says she was so nervous to open his apartment door that she doesn't remember if the door was locked or not.  According to McKibben's pastor, McKibben wished to be cremated and did not want a memorial service.

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