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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Inmate charged in 2009 highway killing of former Chillicothe woman

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 32-year-old man is charged in the fatal shooting of a Kansas government attorney on a Kansas City highway in July 2009.
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  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 32-year-old man is charged in the fatal shooting of a Kansas government attorney on a Kansas City highway in July 2009. The Jackson County prosecutor's office announced Friday the indictment of Calah (kah-LAH') Johnson on charges of second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon. Deanna Lieber was shot and killed on U.S. 71 while driving home with her 13-year-old daughter and her mother-in-law from Kansas City's Starlight Theater. The 45-year-old Lawrence resident was the general counsel for the Kansas Department of Education. Authorities said Friday that witnesses have told detectives Johnson was firing from one vehicle at a person in another vehicle, and Lieber was not the intended target. Johnson is currently in a federal prison serving a 20-year sentence on a drug charge. ***** Deanna L. “Dea” Lieber was the daughter of Melvin M. Jr. “Bud” and Bonnie Stanley Wackerle, formerly of Chillicothe and later of Liberty, Mo. She graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1982. In 1986, she married Robert D. “Bob” Hoyt, also a 1982 CHS graduate. He preceded her in death in 1989. She later married Joe Lieber in 1992.

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