Jackson County jury finds Mann not guilty of murder


A Grandview man charged with murder in the 2019 shooting of his child’s grandfather was found not guilty in Jackson County District Court earlier this month.

A jury on April 8 found Terrance Wright, 25, not guilty of second degree murder after claiming self-defense in the fatal shooting of 49-year-old Benson Lewis on November 23, 2019.

According to the police it is The shooting occurred during a custody battle with Wright, his daughter, and his maternal grandfather Lewis, outside an apartment building on 7900 Block on East 117th Street.

During the argument, Wright shot Lewis twice. Lewis’ wife drove him to a hospital in Wright’s car and he was pronounced dead.

Wright was arrested at the scene and told police that the shooting was in self-defense.

He was sent to jail on the day of the incident and stayed there for over a year awaiting trial. His loan was set at $ 250,000 in cash, an amount he was unable to raise, according to attorney Sara Christensen.

When the case went to the jury, it took the jury less than an hour to acquit Wright, Christensen told The Star on Thursday.

During the 17 months that Wright was behind bars, he lost his job at an auto assembly plant, he said. Since his release, he has found out that it would cost hundreds of dollars to get his car out of police seizure.

That’s money he doesn’t have, which makes it harder to get a job.

“Right now I’m trying to catch up and at least get where I was,” he said.

In 2019, 20 murder cases were brought to trial, leading to 19 convictions, according to the Jackson County Attorney’s Office Annual report.

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Katie Moore covers crime and justice issues for The Star. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and was previously a reporter in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas.

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