Lewis pleads guilty to felony murder in death of KCK Capt. Robert Melton

KMBZ News Staff
October 25, 2018 - 2:52 pm

Wyandotte County Detention Center


Kansas City, KS - The man accused in the death of a KCK police captain has pleaded guilty to the fatal shooting in July 2016.

Jamaal Lewis, 22, was scheduled to go to trial on Nov. 5, but he pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree felony murder in the killing of 46-year-old Capt. Robert "Dave" Melton in Kansas City, Kansas.

Melton was searching for suspects in a drive-by shooting when he saw Lewis walking and tried to block him with his patrol car.

Prosecutors say Lewis pulled a handgun and fired several shots through the passenger-side window of Melton's vehicle.

KCK Mayor David Alvey released a statement saying he's "disturbed" that neither the police department nor the family of Capt. Dave Melton was notified about the change of Lewis' plea.

Lewis could be sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

He will be sentenced Nov. 30.

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