Montgomery County woman faces First-Degree Murder charges for her role in drive-by shooting

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. – A Montgomery County woman imprisoned on a drug and theft conviction now faces First-Degree Murder charges.

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office filed murder charges against Megan Dawn McCutcheon, 31, for her role in the shooting death of Kimberly D. Meeks.

Police allege that McCutcheon was the driver of a drive-by shooting near the intersection of Laurel and West Main street on Dec. 14, 2019.

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Documents show Benjamin Job Mason II fatally shot meeks, however, officers believe Benjamin Ryan Whitaker was the target of the shooting. Judge F. William Cullins sentenced Mason to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years in February 2022.

Previous convictions

Officers say they are currently holding McCutcheon at the Topeka Correctional Facility for a 2016 theft conviction and a 2021 drug conviction.

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Documents show that McCutcheon will face her trial for First-Degree Murder when she is released in 2024.

Charges

Although McCutcheon did not fire a weapon in the shooting, officers say she was the alleged driver of the vehicle from which the gun was fired.

Under Kansas law, she is charged with premeditated first-degree murder and premeditated attempted first-degree murder by aiding and abetting Mason in that deadly shooting.