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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Jackson County jury convicts Dewayne Cornelius in 2016 fatal shooting

For Immediate Release

June 8, 2017

Jackson County jury found Dewayne Cornelius guilty of Murder in the second degree and Armed Criminal Action in the  May 2016 fatal shooting of Nicole Appleberry, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

The jury convicted Cornelius of Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action.

According to court records, Cornelius and victim resided together. On May 25, 2015, police found Nicole Appleberry, dob: 9/27/1987, in a residence in the 3200 block of e. 28th Street.  She had suffered fatal gunshot wounds. Witnesses told police that Cornelius told them he shot the woman "Nikki." Police recovered a woeapon that fired spent shell casings found at the scene.

Sentencing will be set on Aug. 3, 2017.

Prosecutors Jeremy Baldwin and Kristiane Bryant prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Missouri.

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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