AP: Iowa man charged with killing inside Kansas apartment

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Michael Balance
(Photo Courtesy: Polk County Jail)

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — Authorities say an Iowa man has been charged with killing an eastern Kansas man found fatally shot in his suburban Kansas City apartment last week.

Johnson County prosecutors have charged 58-year-old Michael Balance, of Des Moines, Iowa, with first-degree murder in the death of 70-year-old John Hoffman, of Prairie Village. Officers found Hoffman’s body Saturday evening in his apartment and say he had been shot several times. Prairie Village police quickly identified Balance as a suspect in the shooting and contacted Des Moines police, who arrested him.

Balance is being held in the Polk County Jail in Des Moines on $1 million bail.

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