Home Invasion Robbery & Murder, Drug Trafficking & Conspiracy, Multiple Defendants Charged
It was supposed to be as easy as pie. The plan? Just enter a home and rob the suspect’s stepfather. The prize? Lot’s of drugs and money.
That’s what stepson and alleged suspect Antonio Cervantes III supposedly said to alleged accomplice Kevin Finley, persuading Finley to join him in a home invasion robbery in Independence, MO. At least that’s what Cervantes is claiming now. It was just a break in. Rob the place and get out. Nothing else.
If that was ever the original intent, it all went horribly wrong. Police, arriving after a 911 call, found a chilling scene of carnage. Three victims had been bound, duct taped, and summarily executed.
In November 2012, Missouri prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the two had been charged in the triple homicide of a mother and two men. The two face three counts of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, as well as numerous other felony charges. She said she will consider the death penalty because of the heinous, deliberate nature and intent of those crimes inside the home.
But it didn’t stop here. Spurred on by the nature of the crime, intensive criminal investigation continued.
Now, in December, Federal prosecutors have announced eleven defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury on fourteen counts – including drug-trafficking crimes, criminal conspiracy, criminal intent, homicide, weapons possession, aiding and abetting – all of which resulted in the deaths of three people during that Independence home invasion.
In several cases, the previous Missouri state charges have been dismissed against several of the defendants because of the federal indictment and subsequent custody. Acting U.S. Attorney David M. Ketchmark said “By bringing this case into federal court, we will mount a comprehensive prosecution of all of the defendants.”
As yet, no criminal defense attorneys have been identified.