A Jackson County jury deliberated about two hours sooner than discovering David Jungerman, of Raytown, responsible of first-degree homicide and armed prison motion within the Oct. 25, 2017, loss of life of 39-year-old Tom Pickert, who was once shot in entrance of his house after he returned from strolling his youngsters to college.
Prosecutors contended Jungerman shot Pickert as a result of he was once disenchanted the attorney had gained a $5.75 million judgment for a homeless man who Jungerman shot in 2012 as a result of he idea the man was once stealing from one of his companies.
“We are very, very thankful that the jury has spoken and that justice has finally been brought to this family,” Tim Dollar, assistant Jackson County prosecutor, mentioned after the decision was once introduced.
Sentencing was once scheduled for Nov. 18. Jungerman’s attorney, Daniel Ross, mentioned they plan to enchantment.
Prosecutors mentioned 10 days sooner than Pickert was once shot, a garnishment was once filed in opposition to Jungerman. The day sooner than Pickert was once shot, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office served Jungerman with belongings liens that will have avoided Jungerman from promoting or moving his belongings.
During the trial, prosecutors performed an audio recording of Jungerman bragging in regards to the homicide to his farmhand, Kansas City media reported. Jungerman it seems that recorded the dialog unintentionally and it was once later came upon by means of government all through a seek of his space.
“The thing that sort of bothers me about me is that when I think about it, I grin. That (expletive) has caused me a lot of trouble,” Jungerman mentioned at the audio.
Dollar mentioned all through remaining arguments that the recording confirmed Jungerman had “ice water” in his veins.
“These two people are laughing,” Dollar mentioned. “That is what he is thinking about when he says it makes me grin. What kind of monster would smile or laugh about that? That’s what he is talking about. That’s what was in his mind.”
Jungerman’s protection argued the police investigation was once sloppy, with lacking reviews and destroyed proof. They mentioned a couple of quarter of the audio recording of Jungerman was once lacking.
“The state (prosecutors) ignored the facts. Why?” Ross mentioned. “Because this fellow had a judgment against him and the lawyer who got it died, therefore he’s guilty. And that has been their approach since October 2017.”