Jury finds David Jungerman guilty in 2017 death of lawyer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A jury on Thursday found David Jungerman guilty of murder and felony armed felony in the 2017 death of an attorney.
A sentencing hearing will take place at a later date.
Jungerman has been charged with first degree murder and felony charges with a weapon in the death of Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger attorney Tom Pickert, in April 2018.
On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Jungerman was competent stand trial for Pickert’s death.
The trial began on September 11 but was delayed due to fears that Jungerman may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Pickert was shot in the front yard of his Brookside home in Oct 2017.
He was shot once by a .17 caliber bullet, which is relatively rare, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Days before Pickert’s death, Jungerman lost a civil judgment totaling $5.75 million, a case Pickert worked on.
Jungerman was not considered a suspect after initially being questioned in the Pickert homicide.
However, police obtained a search warrant for Jungerman’s car, home and business in March 2018.
During the search, police found an unused .17 caliber bullet under the passenger seat of a white van.
The white van matched the eyewitnesses description of a vehicle traveling around Raytown to the Pickert neighborhood.
A man walking his dog nearby said he saw an older white man with gray hair standing behind a white van, which was parked directly in front of Pickert’s home.
Jungerman told the media that no one used his van that day and he was the only one with a key.
While searching his home and business, police also found a printout of the Jackson County property tax database that listed Pickert’s home address at his business and obtained an audio recording of a discussion Jungerman had had with an employee about a .17 caliber rifle and Pickert’s murder.