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Missouri man shot dead in lawn mowing dispute: prosecutor

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Margaret Stafford

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Kansas City, Missouri  — Missouri man on lawn He was charged with shooting his neighbor after an altercation over a mowing, ending years of animosity between the two, officials said.

His 42-year-old Samuel Avery of Kansas City was charged Monday with second-degree murder and an armed crime in the murder of Warner, 41, his trotter. Headed to his front door, Trotter was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Jackson County Attorney's Office.

Avery called police on Sunday to report that he had shot his neighbor, according to court documents. Officers found Avery on an adjacent porch and arrested him without incident.

Online court records do not list an attorney available to represent Avery.

Police say officers called him twice to the man's home over Avery mowing the lawn early in the morning. No one was arrested during these incidents. Avery told investigators they had been arguing for ten years, according to a statement of probable cause.

Complaining that the mower was making too much noise, he gestured with his hand to shoot Avery.

A few hours later, the Trotter and the woman returned home with food from the restaurant. A woman told police he was inside the house when he heard Trotter ask Avery, "Do you have anything to say?"

She then heard several shots.

Avery told police that Trotter reached his hand for the gun before Avery began firing the weapon, according to records.

Security camera footage at Trotter's home showed that he began entering the house after he said something to Avery as he shot Trotter several times, according to the statement. is showing.

According to the probable cause description, the video clearly shows that Trotter did not reach for his weapon. It also said the first responding officer removed the weapon from Trotter's waistband before paramedics began treating him.

Avery's bail was set at his $100,000. , was conditioned on house arrest by a drug and alcohol addiction program. He was also ordered to wear tracking devices and not to possess or be around weapons.

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