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Posted on: October 24, 2020

Jackson County jury convicts defendant in February 2019 homicide in Downtown KC

For Immediate Release

Oct. 24, 2020

A Jackson County  jury has convicted Timothy Fernandez in the February 2019 fatal shooting near 17th and Grand of Michael Bryan, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

A Jackson County judge will sentence the defendant, Timothy Fernandez, dob:2/24/1977, on Dec. 10, 2020.

On Friday, the jury found Fernandez guilty of Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action in the Feb. 5, 2019, fatal shooting of Michael Bryan outside a convenience store near 17th and Grand in Downtown Kansas City.

According to court records, Kansas City police were dispatched to 17th and Grand on the morning of Feb. 5, 2019, regarding a shooting. The victim was found deceased on the sidewalk from gunshot wounds. Surveillance video showed the fatal shooting of Michael Bryan. The  suspect and the victim were on the north side of the business, talking. Then the victim walked away and the suspect drew a gun and shot the victim in the back. The video also showed the suspect throw a tissue on the ground after blowing his nose about 20 minutes before the fatal shooting. Police recovered that tissue for DNA testing. Two days later police located a backpack and leather jacket nearby and tested those items, along with the tissue, for DNA and fingerprints. A DNA profile came back to the defendant from the tissue. And fingerprints from a Q-Tip inside the backpack were linked to the defendant. Ammunition found inside the backpack was the same caliber class as a bullet recovered from the victim's jacket.

Assistant Jackson County Prosecuting Attorneys Kelsey Blackwell and Jeannette Wolpink prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Missouri.

The jury verdict was the first jury trial since the COVID-19 pandemic initiated new restrictions in the two county courthouses.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor

Work   : (816) 881-3812

Mobile: (816) 674-3954

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.

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