Man allegedly murders friend in Missouri hotel after claiming he killed his son — who did not exist

Source: MEGA; Jackson County Detention Center

Jul. 2 2021, Published 9:31 a.m. ET

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A man allegedly claimed to police he had a feeling his friend murdered his child so he fatally shot him in a Missouri hotel, authorities said.

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On June 29, Derell Thompson, 35, was at the Sheraton Suites County Club Plaza in Kansas City with his 12-year-old son when he approached the front desk clerk and falsely claimed another child — who didn’t exist — was dead up in his room, police said, according to the Associated Press.

Thompson requested a spare room key card and the desk clerk stalled for time by explaining the computer system was slow. Thompson and his son went to sit at the hotel bar to wait and were joined by another man, Darron Mitchem, a probable cause statement says.

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The son returned to the front desk and the clerk handed over what turned out to be a fake key card to Thompson.

A detective wrote in the probable cause statement the clerk said the father and son then headed to the elevator bank, and she could hear Thompson yell out, “You think you are going to get away with killing my son?”


Thompson allegedly fired off several bullets, striking and killing Mitchem, and then fled from the hotel with his son, according to the probable cause statement.

Police located the two about a mile from the hotel.

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When authorities searched the suspect’s room, they allegedly recovered three cellphones, three handguns with extended magazines, ammunition, narcotics and a scale, the AP reported.

Thompson faces charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of a firearm.


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