Police Department

Homicide Investigation - Murder 1st Degree

For immediate release: October 26, 2015

Homicide Investigation – Man Charged in Mother’s Homicide

On Saturday, October 24th, at approximately 5:52 pm, the Independence Police Department received a 911 call from a residence in the 1300 block of E. Mechanic Ave. regarding a deceased subject found at that location.

Officers arrived at the home and located a female subject deceased in the back yard of the residence. A person of interest was taken into custody at the scene. The victim was identified as Michelle R. Harrelson, 47 year old female, of Independence. Family members of the deceased have been notified.

Today, Shane M. Harrelson, 23 old male, of Independence was charged with Murder in the 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action in the death of his mother, Michelle R. Harrelson. Mr. Harrelson has been charged with knowingly causing the death of his mother by shooting, stabbing and striking her, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

For additional information, please contact the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office at (816) 881-3555.

Shane M. Harrelson