Man charged with murder in deaths of four people found at Kansas City home

By Calvin Palmer

A 37-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the four people, including a three-year-old girl, found dead at a home in Kansas City on Monday.

Adrian Burks, of Kansas City, Kansas, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 66-year-old James Warren; 21-year-old Amanda Remmers; 41-year-old Peggy Castleberry; and her three-year-old daughter, Juanita Castleberry-Bess.

He was charged with aggravated battery, , which occurred two or three hours before the homicides, and eluding police. He is being held at Wyandotte County jail on $2 million bond.

All four victims died from multiple gunshot wounds and were found dead in the home owned by Warren.

Relatives of the victims said Burks and Remmers had a relationship at one time and that Burks had threatened to kill Remmers and the other residents who lived at the house on Muncie Drive.

Shenia Gutto, a cousin of three-year-old Juanita, said that the little girl was her first cousin but that, because of their age difference, she was more like a niece.

“She was only three years old,” Gutto said. “She’s innocent. She didn’t have nothing to do with anything.”

Relatives and acquaintances described Warren as a kind man who regularly offered shelter for people who were homeless or going through drug rehabilitation.

“He took a lot of people in and tried to help a lot of people out,” Gutto said. “He was a real nice man.”

[Based on reports by the Associated Press and Kansas City Star.]

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