Third suspect in Zona Rosa area murder sent to prison

The third suspect in a drug deal that ended in murder near Park Hill High School more than two years ago is now on his way to prison.

Mohamed Abdi, 19, pleaded guilty last week to involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. He was sentenced Thursday, June 6 to nine years in prison. Co-defendants Dominic Pineda, 19, and Keith Spencer, 19, were previously sentenced.

Mohamed Abdi

Mohamed Abdi

The incident happened in May 2017 at a home off North Rhode Avenue, just north of Barry Road near Zona Rosa Town Center. According to court documents, Kansas City officers responded to gunshots in the residential neighborhood and found a victim behind the house suffering from several gunshot wounds. The victim, 18-year-old Timothy Durden, later died in the hospital. Durden had previously attended Park Hill High School.

Pineda — who was also a student at Park Hill at the time of the incident — was found guilty in November 2018 after a jury trial and was sentenced to 10 years for second-degree murder. An appeal in his case was denied Tuesday, June 4 by the Western District Court of Appeals. Spencer pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in May and was sentenced to nine years.

Dominic Pineda

Dominic Pineda

According to court documents, Pineda sold marijuana from his house on North Rhode Avenue, and received a SnapChat message from an unknown male named “King” — Durden — offering to buy two ounces for $500 per ounce. The amount seemed high according to Pineda, so he armed himself and two friends — Spencer and Abdi — with guns.

Four men arrived at the residence in a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo, but only Durden and another man — later identified as DeAnthony Ross — entered the residence. While they weighed the marijuana in the kitchen, Pineda told police Durden walked to Abdi and spoke to him, returned to Ross and pulled a gun from Ross’ pocket. According to court documents, Durden pointed the gun at Abdi. Pineda pulled his gun and fired five times, saying he feared for his life and his friend’s life.

Keith Spencer

Keith Spencer

Ross fought with Pineda for the gun and Pineda said Durden returned fire at Spencer, who ducked under a table. Spencer later said he fired twice at a wall, but did not shoot at Durden.

Ross fled the house and went back to the red Monte Carlo. Pineda said he went out back and hid under his porch until the victim stumbled out the back door. Pineda went back into the house through the front door and cleared the house before going back outside and finding the victim injured but still alive in the backyard. He then told Abdi and Spencer to leave.

Analysis of DNA evidence during the investigation pointed to Pineda and Abdi’s genetic material on a Sig Sauer rifle recovered at the scene.

Another teen at the home who was not involved in the drug deal was shot in the knee during the incident.