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Man charged in fatal shooting of teen, 17, at Wichita birthday party


WICHITA, Kansas — A man has been charged in the death of a 17-year-old Wichita boy who was shot in the head at a private birthday party.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports that 41-year-old Grover James was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Authorities say Leon McClennon died just before 3 a.m. on May 9 in the basement of Parrot-fa-Nalia Unique Boutique, where about 20 people had gathered for the party. Police say an argument involving two men escalated and one of them pulled out a gun and fired shots, striking McClennon. Authorities say the victim was not involved in the argument.

James is being held in jail on a $500,000 bond. It wasn't immediately clear if James has an attorney.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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