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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Jury convicts Patrick Powell in 2017 fatal shooting of Rodney Thurber

For Immediate Release

March 7, 2019

A Jackson County jury on Thursday convicted Patrick Powell in the 2017 fatal shooting of Rodney V. Thurber in a residence in the 4600 block of Tracy Avenue, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

The jury convicted Patrick Powell, dob: 5/25/1988, of Murder 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action.

The defendant will be sentenced on May 10.

According to court records, a witness say the defendant showed up to the house on Tracy and shot the victim mutliple times. The witness said the shooter taunted the victim amd stated, "I"M Patrick...." Then he shot the victim again. Police used multiple surveillance video images after the homicide to identify the defendant and a codefendant. A short time after the shooting,the Defendant significantly altered his appearance. Another witness told police she was in a vehicle parked near the crime scene on 11/11/2017, when the shooting occurred. Powell returned to the vehicle and they left the area.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Jeremy Baldwin and JoEllen Engelbart prosecuted the case on beahalf 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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