Coroner's inquest into deadly Crawford County shooting underway, Missouri NAACP rallies

Photo of Justin King from Twitter

Controversy continues to swirl around a deadly Crawford County shooting, with a coroner’s inquest being carried out today.

Justin King, 28, of Bourbon, was found shot to death in the 8800 block of N. Service Road his hometown on November 3.  The Crawford County Sheriff initially classified King’s shooting as an act of self-dense, saying he appeared to have forced entry into a neighboring home.

But the Missouri NAACP questioned that version of events, saying that in Missouri, the murder of Blacks is not investigated or prosecuted the way it is for Caucasians.  The organization called for an independent investigation into King’s death.

Today, six Crawford County residents will review the evidence with the coroner to determine the manner of death.  The coroner’s inquest will be sent to the prosecuting attorney, who would decide whether to file charges.

Members of the Missouri NAACP and several faith leaders joined the King family for a rally outside the Crawford County courthouse this morning.