Crime

Kansas City man convicted of fatally shooting mother who tried to break up fight

A 21-year-old Kansas City man has been convicted of murder nearly a year after he was accused of shooting a 43-year-old mother who was trying to break up a fight.

A jury found Tyjuan K. Caldwell guilty on Friday of second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action in connection to the killing, according to a news release from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The fatal shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 1, 2018, in the area of 50th Street and Chestnut Avenue in Kansas City.

The victim, Bernice Brown, was shot in the head when she got in the middle of an argument between her son and Caldwell’s brother, court records said.

Caldwell told police he grabbed a gun and ran outside where the fight was happening. He said he was firing the gun in the direction of Brown’s son when Brown jumped into the line of fire, court records said.

Caldwell’s trial was held on Friday in Jackson County, where he was found guilty.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.
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