Man convicted in 2014 Kansas City shooting death

A Jackson County, Mo., jury found James Rhymer guilty late Wednesday of second-degree murder, first-degree assault, kidnapping and three counts of armed criminal action. (Jackson County Mo., Jail)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Mo., man faces July sentencing now that he’s been convicted of a 2014 shooting death of a man whose body was later found burned.

A Jackson County jury found James Rhymer guilty late Wednesday of second-degree murder, first-degree assault, kidnapping and three counts of armed criminal action.

Court records show that witnesses told police Rhymer shot David Mendez while the victim was in a vehicle. Rhymer then attempted to burn the body and dispose of it in a rural location south of Kansas City.

Police later arrested Rhymer in his Kansas City apartment after a standoff.

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