March 19, 2013

Homeless KC teen is charged in fatal stabbing of 70-year-old woman

A stolen cellphone led police to the murder suspect as he walked out of a school.

Jackson County prosecutors charged a teenager Tuesday in the St. Patrick’s Day killing of a 70-year-old woman who was stabbed more than 30 times.

Kevin J. Brewer, 17, and an unnamed juvenile suspect are accused of breaking into the victim’s home in the 4000 block of East 33rd Street of Kansas City with the intent to commit a robbery.

Brewer is charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and two counts of armed criminal action.

The juvenile defendant is being held at an area psychiatric facility, according to court documents. Relatives of the victim, Marise Barrett, told police that the juvenile formerly lived at her residence but that she ordered him to move out in January.

According to court documents, the juvenile and Brewer were staying at a Kansas City homeless youth shelter and left together about 12:15 a.m. Sunday. The shelter’s records show that they returned at 4:50 a.m.

Barrett, whose 70th birthday was Saturday, was found by her husband when he tried to wake her around 11:15 a.m. Sunday. He slept in another room.

Several small electronic items were stolen from Barrett’s home, including a cellphone. Police obtained a court order to track the phone. It led them to a school not named in court documents. Police arrested Brewer as he walked out of the school with the phone in his hand, according to court documents.

The juvenile called 911 on Sunday to be taken to the psychiatric hospital, according to the documents.

Brewer is being held in the Jackson County Jail. His bond is set at $250,000.

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