A Red Oak man was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday for the shooting death this spring of a Shenandoah man.
Jurors found 34-year-old Toby McCunn guilty of shooting and killing 33-year-old Joshua Jordan on April 22nd in Shenandoah. DCI Special Agent Phillip Kennedy testified McCunn was obsessed with finding Jordan in the weeks leading up to the incident to recover some stolen property.
“He stated multiple times that he was obsessed,” said Kennedy. “He told me that this process had consumed his life and that he had compiled what he called a ‘suspect list’ and was going down it finding people who had his things.” Prosecutors say the men had at least two other encounters leading up to the April 22nd shooting.
Defense Attorney Andrew Munger says McCunn had a legitimate fear for his life following a March incident in Shenandoah, where the two men were allegedly involved in an altercation. “Josh Jordan pulls out his .22 revolver and points it at the head of Toby McCunn and fires a shot into the wall,” said Munger. “No police report was filed involving a gunshot that night. Witnesses were hesitant to come forward because Josh Jordan fired a shot into the wall and said to Toby McCunn, ‘the next one’s going to count.'”
Prosecutors say McCunn went to the house on April 22nd armed with a gun and waited to surprise Jordan when he entered the home. The defense claims McCunn did not have a gun, but grabbed one Jordan had dropped on the floor. State Assistant Attorney General Doug Hammerand says an eyewitness claimed McCunn fired the first shot.
“The defendant fired five times,” said Hammerand. “Two of them hit Josh. One went through his lung, his heart and exited his body. Another one went through his back and came out of his shoulder. Josh eventually fell to the ground and was laying on the ground. Before Josh fell to the ground, he was able to get his revolver out and fire off some rounds. He did hit the defendant in the leg.”
Munger argued that the witness was unreliable and that the state could not prove who fired first. “The evidence will show there were six .22-caliber bullets and/or bullet fragments that were recovered from the scene,” said Munger. “The shootout occurred. The law does not require defection and Toby McCunn left the premises. He had just been through a traumatic event. I submit to you that it would be a tragic event for anyone in Toby’s position.”
Following the verdict, McCunn was taken to the Page County Jail without bond. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 17th and faces a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.
(By Ryan Matheny, KMA, Shenandoah)