For Immediate Release
June 21, 2019
A Jackson County jury has convicted Tyjuan K. Caldwell in the August 2018 fatal shooting of Bernice A Brown, who was found by police in the street in the 5000 block of Chestnut, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
The jury convicted Caldwell of Murder 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and two counts of Armed Criminal Action. The defendant will be sentenced at a future hearing yet to be set.
According to court documents, police responded the afternoon of Aug. 1, 2018, to the area of 50th and Chestnut on a reported shots fired call. They found the victim, Bernice Brown, fatally wounded by a gunshot and in the street. Her death was ruled a homicide by the Jackson County Medical Examiner. Several witnesses said there had been an argument involving the defendant and relatives of the victim. The defendant told police he ran outside where several people were arguing after he had grabbed a gun inside. He fired the gun at a man he had argued with earlier, and the victim jumped into the line of fire, he stated.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Kristin Ries and Ben Cox prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Missouri.
For more information, contact:
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.