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KC teen is accused in the death of his grandmother

Updated: 2013-06-21T23:26:48Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

Jackson County prosecutors have charged a Kansas City teenager in connection with the stabbing death of his 70-year-old grandmother.

Corey D. Barrett, 17, is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and two counts of armed criminal action in the March death of Marise Barrett, authorities said Friday.

He initially was charged as a juvenile because he was 16 at the time, but a judge later certified him to stand trial as an adult.

Another suspect, Kevin J. Brewer, 18, already had been charged with the same crimes in the case.

According to the allegations outlined in court documents, Corey Barrett and Brewer went to the victim’s house in the 4400 block of East 33rd Street early on St. Patrick’s Day to commit a robbery.

Marise Barrett, who had celebrated her birthday the day before, was discovered dead later that morning by her husband, who slept in a different room. She had been stabbed more than 30 times. Several electronic items, including a cellphone, had been taken from her home, according to court documents.

Family members told police that Barrett had formerly lived with his grandmother, but she had told him to move out in January.

After detectives obtained a court order to track the stolen cellphone, they arrested Brewer after he walked out of a school with the phone in his hand, according to court documents.

Later questioned by police, both defendants implicated each other as the killer, according to court documents.

Both are in custody with bonds set at $250,000.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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