Shooting victim's name released

John Richmeier
The Leavenworth Times

Updated: 7:11 p.m. April 16, 2021, with additional information.

The Leavenworth Police Department has released the name of the boy who was fatally shot Wednesday evening outside of a local pharmacy.

The murder victim has been identified as Brian Henderson Jr., 12, Kansas City, Missouri.

Henderson reportedly was shot around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Kare Pharmacy, 2500 S. Fourth St.

Relatives reportedly drove the boy to Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, where he was pronounced dead, according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.

Darvon D. Thomas, 25, Leavenworth, and a 17-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, boy have been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the boy’s death. The 17-year-old boy also faces a charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Thompson said he cannot release the name of the 17-year-old boy because the defendant is a juvenile.

Thomas made his first court appearance Friday after being charged.

Darvon Thomas

District Judge Gerald Kuckelman informed Thomas of the first-degree murder charge. The judge also said first-degree murder carries a sentence of life in prison.

Thomas was told he could apply for a court-appointed attorney.

Kuckelman scheduled an April 28 hearing for Thomas to appear with legal counsel.

The judge said he also would order a bond screen in the case.

Assistant County Attorney Megan Williams recommended that Thomas’ bond be at least $500,000.

Friday’s hearing was conducted using the Zoom online videoconferencing service.

Zoom is used for many Leavenworth County District Court proceedings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thomas and the 17-year-old defendant are accused of what is known as felony murder, which is a form of first-degree murder. Felony murder occurs when someone is killed during the commission of felony that is considered inherently dangerous.

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