Crime

July 2, 2014

Jackson County jury finds triple murder suspect guilty

Jurors convicted Derek T. Hubbard in three killings at a Kansas City home in 2011. Because of outbursts last week, he was not allowed to attend the trial and watched on television.

A Jackson County jury on Wednesday found a Kansas City man guilty of three 2011 murders.

Derek T. Hubbard, 49, shot and killed all three people during a small party in east Kansas City, jurors decided.

They found Hubbard guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Stephanie Brown, his estranged girlfriend. They declared him guilty of second-degree murder in the deaths of Anthony Carlos Richardson, Brown’s cousin, and his wife, Mary Richardson. Jurors also convicted Hubbard of three counts of armed criminal action.

Hubbard didn’t testify, and he didn’t physically appear in the courtroom during the trial or while the verdicts were being announced.

Twice last week, his courtroom outbursts had resulted in mistrials during jury selection. This week, Hubbard watched the trial on a live television feed, a court spokeswoman said.

Those circumstances, public defender Curt Winegarner told jurors Wednesday, should not influence them during their deliberations.

“Even though he is not in this room, there is a real live, flesh-and-blood human being whose life and future is in your hands,” Winegarner said.

Winegarner said that Hubbard was innocent and that two witnesses — Richardson’s son, Allen Richardson, and Jacqueline Kincy, a friend of Brown’s — both were lying when they identified Hubbard as the shooter.

Allen Richardson lied, Winegarner said, in an attempt to shield his brother, who had been kicked out of the house in the 2400 block of Lister Avenue by his father because of alcohol and other issues.

As for Kincy, she chose not to challenge Allen Richardson’s statements out of fear, Winegarner said.

Winegarner also criticized the work of police investigators.

“These two people pointed at Derek Hubbard, and that pretty much ended their investigation,” he said.

Anthony Carlos Richardson had been a childhood friend of Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté.

Jackson County Assistant Prosecutor Nichole Erickson said the defense attorneys’ theories were without foundation.

“Not a single witness testified to any of that,” she said.

“Let your common sense guide your deliberations,” fellow assistant prosecutor Matt Moeder added.

“All of the evidence in this case points to Derek Hubbard.”

Prosecutors said Hubbard went to the home hoping to get Brown to leave with him. When she refused, he grew agitated, slammed a door and pulled out a gun, they said.

Hubbard shot Anthony Carlos Richardson, then Brown before killing Mary Richardson, they said.

Hubbard will be sentenced on Sept. 19. First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence.

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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