Two men have been charged with the murder of 22-year-old Dionte Greene, a gay man who was allegedly targeted for a robbery but a death federal authorities were investigating as a hate crime.
Greene was found shot to death in a still-running car near the intersection of 69th and Bellefontaine in Kansas City last Halloween.
Travone Shaw, 19, and Antonio Golston, 21, were charged with second-degree murder and felony murder, according to a press statement from Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. Both men were also charged with robbery and armed criminal action, she said.
The FBI told KCUR it was investigating the murder as a civil rights violation. That investigation is still open, pending the outcome of the state's case.
Greene connected with his alleged killers during an exchange of messages with Shaw through Facebook, Peters Baker said, and his fingerprints were found in Greene's car.
Witnesses told police that before the shooting, Greene had been contacting people on Facebook about meeting, reportedly for sex.
According to Peters Baker, Shaw told detectives that Golston said he was going to rob someone and had him sit in the front seat of a vehicle. When Greene arrived, Golston got in the back seat and they went to a gas station and withdrew cash. Shaw allegedly confessed that the three men then drove to a residence on Bellefontaine where the victim was shot. Shaw told detectives Golston shot Greene one time, Peters Baker said.