Charges dropped against 1 person related to Pittsburg murder

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Court drops charges against one of two suspects in connection to a Pittsburg murder.

On May 13, 2022, police responded to the shooting of two female victims in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Pittsburg.

When officers arrived at the scene, they located 40-year-old victim Stephanie Marie Short, of Pittsburg. Police say Short appeared to suffer from gunshot wounds. According to the police report, officers attempted to save the life of Ms. Short, however, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers then located 46-year-old victim Velma Marie Cubie, of Kansas City, suffering from gunshot wounds. She survived.

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Suspects in Pittsburg Murder Case

Two people were subsequently arrested and charged related to the case.

Pittsburg Police arrested James Cornell Hamilton and Dominik Short.

Hamilton Charges

On May 17, 2022, a Crawford County attorney filed 8 charges against James Hamilton. Those include:

  • Murder in the 1st degree; In the commission of a felony
  • Attempted murder in the 1st degree; Intentional and premeditated
  • Aggravated battery; Recklessly cause great bodily harm/disfigurement
  • Aggravated assault; Use of a deadly weapon (2 counts)
  • Criminal discharge of firearm; Recklessly at occupied dwelling (3 counts)

Short Charges – Now Dropped

According to the Crawford County Prosecutor, last week a preliminary hearing was held for Dominik Short. Court officials initially filed the following charges against him.

  • Murder in the 1st degree; In the commission of a felony
  • Criminal discharge of firearm; Occupied dwelling w great bodily harm
  • Aggravated battery; Recklessly cause great bodily harm/disfigurement
  • Aggravated assault; Use of a deadly weapon

During last week’s hearing, the defendant’s attorney presented a motion for self-defense immunity. Judge Lori Fleming took up the motion. Fleming cited with the defendant indicating that he acted in self-defense. The Judge allowed the motion to be granted.

Therefore, Dominik Short will not go to trial and the court dropped the charges against him.

Count 4 against James Hamilton was for aggravated assault. According to court documents, on May 13, 2022, Hamilton unlawfully put Dominik Short in immediate bodily harm with a deadly weapon. That weapon was a handgun.