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12-21-2014


Ex-wife accused in
murder of Cammisano

Riverside man was found shot in home

Seven years after a man was found dead inside his Riverside home, the man's former wife and her current husband have been charged with murder.

A Platte County grand jury on Friday charged Letti Strait, 54, and Terry Strait, 58, with the first degree murder of Charles V. Cammisano.

As reported at the time of the murder, a family member found Cammisano's body, lying in a pool of blood, in his Riverside home on Sept. 1, 2007. Authorities say he had been shot several times. The family member had been unable to contact Cammisano.

Cammisano's vehicle was missing from the residence but was later found in downtown Kansas City.

A 17-member Metro Squad of detectives investigated almost 100 leads over several days before disbanding.

Riverside police, however, continued the investigation over many years, ultimately resulting in the charges issued by the grand jury on Friday. The Straits were arrested later that day.

Letti Strait is being held in the Platte County Jail on $1 million cash- only bond.

Terry Strait was arrested in Kansas and is being held there pending extradition, authorities said this week.

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said, “These charges are the result of tireless police work by the Riverside Police Department and the relentless efforts of assistant prosecuting attorney Joe Vanover and other prosecutors in my office. It is often said that 'justice never sleeps.' In this case, we were never going to rest without doing everything we could to obtain justice for the family and friends of Charles Cammisano.”

If convicted of first degree murder, the Straits each face life in prison without the possibility of parole.