DNA from Styrofoam cup links second suspect to Westport shooting

Arthur C. Simpson
Arthur C. Simpson

Jackson County prosecutors have charged a second person in the 2016 shooting death of a man whose body was found in a Westport parking lot.

Arthur C. Simpson, 34, faces second-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery and armed criminal action charges in the death of Derrick Jones, 25. The shooting happened Oct. 22, 2016, near 41st and Mill streets.

Prosecutors previously charged Tyre L. Jackson, 35, in the same killing.

According to court records, a witness told investigators that he, Jones and another man were inside a parked car behind the Sun Fresh grocery store when Simpson and Jackson accosted them.

Jones and the other men emptied their pockets onto the ground when Simpson said, “Gimme what you got.” Not satisfied, the robbers demanded more from the victims. Jones was shot during a struggle between him and one of the gunmen.

The robbers sped away in the victim’s car.

Investigators used surveillance video and DNA evidence from a Styrofoam cup collected at the crime scene to link Simpson to the shooting.

The video showed Simpson and Jackson in the area at the time of the shooting while holding a white Styrofoam cup. DNA and fingerprints linked to Simpson were found on the lid of the cup.

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