Sep 15, 2021

Fugitive charged with killing boyfriend arrested in KC

Posted Sep 15, 2021 1:00 AM
Black is being held without bond -photo Jackson Co.
Black is being held without bond -photo Jackson Co.

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman who is charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend one week after she was accused of disabling her electronic monitoring device and fleeing.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that Katie Black, of Independence, had been apprehended in a rural part of the county.

Court records show that she is now being held in the Jackson County Jail without bond. She is charged with second-degree felony murder, armed criminal action, domestic assault and illegal weapon use in the July 7 killing of 29-year-old Ryan Wheeler in the eastern Jackson County town of Sibley.

Court records say one of Wheeler’s relatives told a detective that Black was angry after she discovered Wheeler was sending romantic text messages to other women.

The records say Black initially said her boyfriend was shot during a struggle with an unknown man but later admitted to the shooting. However, she told authorities it was an accident.