Charges have been filed against a 41 year old Columbia, MO man in the
February 2020 murder of 32 year old Derrick Wallace near 9th and
Hardesty on February 2nd of this year.
Jackson County Prosecutors on Monday charged Mark Salisbury with second degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Court records show that just after 7:30 am on February 2nd, officers responded to the area of 9th street and Hardesty on a reported dead body on top of a shopping cart in a burned area of an abandoned homeless camp.
Officers indicated that the body, was still smoldering when they arrived. The victim was identified as 32 year old Derrick Wallace of Kansas City, MO.
During the subsequent medical exam, the Jackson County Medical Examiner located several gunshot wounds to Wallace and the case was classified as a homicide. The victim also had skull fractures, likely caused by thermal injury. Due to the victim’s body condition however, blunt force trauma could not be ruled out as an additional cause of death.
Salisbury was taken in to custody the following day, February 3rd in
the 5200 block of Independence Avenue at a residence where transients are known to congregate.
During the investigation, Salisbury told investigators that killed bragged Wallace four or five days prior to his body being discovered in the abandoned camp. Part of his confession was also captured on social media as well.
Salisbury has previous felony convictions including a 2011 felony
conviction in Douglas County, MO for 2nd Degree Statutory Sodomy and a 2018 felony conviction in Cass County, MO for tampering with a motor vehicle, 1st degree.
Salisbury remains in custody on a $250,000 cash only bond.