The Latest: Man accused of killing 5 had battery conviction

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Posted: Mar 09, 2016 7:41 PM
The Latest: Man accused of killing 5 had battery conviction

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the man suspected of killing four men in Kansas City, Kansas, and a fifth man in central Missouri. (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

A man accused of killing five people faced a battery charge last year in Kansas City, Kansas.

Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino is accused of gunning down four men at a Kansas City, Kansas, home Monday night, and fleeing to Missouri, where he's also accused of killing another man before he was arrested early Wednesday.

The Kansas City, Kansas, municipal court clerk's office says Serrano-Vitorino was convicted in 2015 of battery.

The Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department says when he was booked on that charge the sheriff's department sent ICE an overnight query about him, but didn't receive a response from ICE in the period required, so he was released.

ICE says the query required the agency to interview the suspect, and it wasn't able to because the query was submitted overnight.

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4:45 p.m.

A Kansas prosecutor says he's not reached an agreement with his Missouri counterpart about who will prosecute a man accused of killing five people.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman said at a news conference Wednesday that he would prefer to try 40-year-old Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino first in Kansas, where he is accused of gunning down four men at a Kansas City, Kansas, home Monday night.

Gorman declined to reveal a motive for the shootings, though he said there was no indication that drugs were involved.

He said his office has experience with death penalty cases, but he needs more facts before deciding to pursue that option.

Serrano-Vitorino also is accused of killing a man Tuesday morning in Montgomery County, Missouri, after his pickup truck was found abandoned on Interstate 70.

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3:55 p.m.

The federal agency that handles immigration says it sent a September order to detain a man accused of killing five people to an agency that didn't have him in custody.

Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino has been charged with first-degree murder in the Monday shooting deaths of his Kansas City, Kansas, neighbor and three other men and the killing of a man in central Missouri early Tuesday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in an email that Serrano-Vitorino was deported from the U.S. in 2004, but was fingerprinted in Overland Park, Kansas, in September 2015 after traffic violations.

ICE says that fingerprinting generated an ICE order to detain Serrano-Vitorino, but that the agency issued the detainer order to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. But it was the Overland Park Municipal Court that had handled his traffic violations. ICE says he wasn't in the custody of the sheriff's department.

This item has been corrected to reflect that ICE doesn't say it made a mistake in sending the order to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

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2:25 p.m.

A 40-year-old Mexican national charged with killing four people in Kansas City, Kansas, has been formally charged in the killing of a man in Missouri.

Online court records show that Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino was charged Wednesday in Montgomery County, Missouri, in the death of 49-year-old Randy Nordman. Nordman was shot Tuesday at his rural home near New Florence, about 70 miles west of St. Louis.

The records don't list a lawyer for Serrano-Vitorino, who also faces charges burglary and other charges in Montgomery County.

Serrano-Vitorino is also charged with four counts of first-degree murder in Kansas. Authorities there say he gunned down a neighbor and three other men late Monday before fleeing.

Investigators haven't discussed a possible motive for the attacks.

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1:15 p.m.

A Mexican national accused of killing five people appeared in a suburban Kansas City court last year for traffic violations, but local authorities say there was no indication he should have been detained.

Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino has been charged in the shooting deaths of four men at a Kansas City, Kansas, home late Monday before fleeing. Authorities also suspect him of later killing another man in Missouri.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Serrano-Vitorino was deported from the U.S. in 2004 before illegally re-entering the country.

Serrano-Vitorino was in Overland Park, Kansas, court for traffic violations in September 2015. But police, the sheriff's office and the court all say they don't have any records of any ICE detainers on Serrano-Vitorino.

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1 p.m.

Federal investigators are trying to determine how a Mexican national suspected of five shooting deaths in Kansas and Missouri acquired an assault-style rifle found on him when he was caught.

John Ham, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office in Kansas City, said Wednesday that federal law barred Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino from legally owning a gun because he is in the country illegally.

Serrano-Vitorino is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of four men late Monday at his neighbor's house in Kansas City, Kansas. He's also suspected in the Tuesday morning shooting death of a man in Montgomery County, Missouri, where he was arrested early Wednesday and remains jailed.

Authorities have not discussed a possible motive for the attacks.

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9:30 a.m.

Authorities in Kansas have released the names of four men who they say were gunned down by a neighbor accused of later killing another man in Missouri.

Wyandotte County prosecutors have charged Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino with four counts of first-degree murder in the killing of the men at his neighbor's home late Monday. Police identified them Wednesday as his neighbor, Michael Capps, as well as Jeremy Waters, Clint Harter and Austin Harter. They were ages 27 to 41.

Serrano-Vitorino also is suspected in the shooting death of 49-year-old Randy Nordman in Montgomery County, Missouri, on Tuesday. He was arrested in that county Wednesday during a manhunt.

Serrano-Vitorino had not been charged in Nordman's death as of Wednesday morning.

Authorities haven't discussed a possible motive.

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1:55 a.m.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says a man wanted in connection with the fatal shootings of five people is in custody after a manhunt.

The Highway Patrol told the Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1LQzrbu ) early Wednesday morning that Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino had been arrested in Montgomery County, Missouri. The newspaper reports the suspect was found lying on a hill just north of Interstate 70 and no shots were fired.

Sgt. James Hedrick says Serrano-Vitorino "looked exhausted."

Serrano-Vitorino, a Mexican national who lived in Kansas City, Kansas, is accused of fatally shooting four men late Monday night at his neighbor's home.

He was also wanted in connection with the shooting death of 49-year-old Randy Nordman in Montgomery County, Missouri.