Western Shawnee murder suspect makes first court appearance
The man accused of killing western Shawnee resident David J. Paterno was booked into the Johnson County Jail on Tuesday evening.
Vincenzo Anecio Lucasta, 49, of Paola, Kansas was arrested Monday evening in Independence, Missouri. He was extradited to the custody of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office just before 6 p.m. Tuesday and booked into the county jail.
Lucasta made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon. He has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and bond has been set at $2,000,000.
The charges stem from the August 8, 2018, stabbing death of David J. Paterno at his home on 51st Place near Monticello Road.
At that time, Major Sam Larson of the Shawnee Police Department said officers were called to investigate reports of a physical disturbance.
"On arrival, officers found a 57-year-old male with severe injuries," Major Larson said in a news release. "Shawnee officers rendered medical aid to the victim and performed CPR on him until Johnson County Med-Act arrived to treat him."
Johnson County Med-Act, with assistance from the Shawnee Fire Department, transported Paterno to Overland Park Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
Shawnee Police requested the assistance of the Kansas City Metro Squad, which is made up of detectives from across the Kansas City area.
Metro Squad detectives followed up on leads for several days before disbanding on Monday, August 13 and returning the investigation to Shawnee detectives.
Monday evening, Shawnee Police announced that a suspect in the case had been arrested.
The August 8 homicide is the city's second in 2018. The city's first homicide was July 14 in the 11400 block of West 69th Street.