Crime

Kansas City man faces first-degree murder charge in September slaying

Jackson County prosecutors on Monday charged a Kansas City man with murdering a woman who had given him a tour of the remodeled home in which he once lived.

Nathaniel E. Brown, 49, already faced a federal count, filed last month, of illegally possessing ammunition found near Teresa Kellough’s body in September.

Besides a state charge of first-degree murder, he faces a count of armed criminal action.

Brown was released from prison in April after serving a sentence for armed robbery. Soon after, Kellough, 49, gave him a tour of her home in the 4200 block of Forest Avenue, which Brown’s mother once owned.

Her cellphone contained evidence of calls and text messages between the two, including a thank-you note to Kellough for the tour, court records said.

One witness recalled Brown being present at the home tour some time in May, police alleged in court records.

On Sept. 23, two friends could not reach Kellough by phone and went to her home. They found her dead in an upstairs bedroom.

While examining a bullet and spent shell casings littered around the body, forensic examiners found DNA matching Brown’s genetic material, court records alleged.

With that evidence in hand, federal prosecutors filed the ammunition count against Brown while state prosecutors and investigators continued the murder investigation.

“We are prepared to seek justice for Teresa Kellough, who was a kind and trusting neighbor,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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