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Alleged White Supremacist Charged With Killing Black Woman Who He Claims Was Going To Reveal His HIV Diagnosis

Ronald Lee Kidwell's estranged daughter calls him a "monster" and says he has a history of violence against black people. 

By Jill Sederstrom

A man family members say was a white supremacist told police he killed a black woman after she threatened to tell people he had HIV.

Ronald Lee Kidwell, 47, has been charged by the Johnson County District Attorney with second-degree murder in the death of Kansas City resident MeShon Cooper, 43.

An FBI spokesperson said Tuesday that the crime is being investigated as a possible hate crime, according to The Kansas City Star.

The death allegedly occurred after a fight broke out between Kidwell and Cooper, who were both in Kidwell's Shawnee home at the time.

During the argument, Kidwell said Cooper threatened to "tell everyone" he was HIV positive, according to an affidavit released by the district attorney's office.

Kidwell said Cooper then pulled a knife out of her purse and hit him, causing him to retaliate.

"When I get mad, I make the exorcist look like a b----," he reportedly told police, according to the document.

During the physical struggle, Kidwell told police he took the knife and stabbed Cooper.

The exact relationship between Kidwell and Cooper isn't clear; however, the affidavit said it's believed the two were connected.

Phone records also placed Cooper at Kidwell's house on July 6, the last day she was seen alive, The Kansas City Star reported.

Her body was later discovered in Kidwell's garage inside a trash can after police questioned Kidwell, according to The Star.

Kidwell's daughter, Crystal Kinder, told KMBC her father had made it clear he believed in white supremacy.

"He's not going to stop being evil," she told the local news station.

Kinder, who spent most of her childhood in foster care, said she was devastated by the crime and stays up nights crying for the victim.

"I pray we can get justice for her and any other victim of him," she told KMBC.

Another daughter, Carolyn Foster, told The Star her estranged father was a monster with a history of targeting black people.

Kidwell was convicted of second degree-assault in an incident in 2011 in Clay County after he attacked and sexually assaulted a black woman, according to The Star. He told law enforcement officials he did not use protection during the assault despite his status as HIV positive.

[Photo: Johnson County Sheriff's Office]

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