Tuesday, April 9 2013 12:10 AM EDT2013-04-09 04:10:46 GMT
The family of a woman found murdered is speaking about the man police believe is responsible for at least two homicides. Police arrested their suspect, Derek Richardson, Saturday morning. They stoppedMore >
The family of a woman found murdered is speaking about the man police believe is responsible for at least two homicides. Friends of Derek Richardson say they are shocked by the allegations.More >
Saturday, February 9 2013 1:20 PM EST2013-02-09 18:20:29 GMT
A Kansas City woman's family and officers from five departments are searching for clues that could help them find out how the 23-year-old died. Kearney police said they found the body of Nicoleon ReedMore >
A Kansas City woman's family and officers from five departments are searching for clues that could help them find out how the 23-year-old died.More >
Saturday, February 9 2013 1:54 PM EST2013-02-09 18:54:14 GMT
Two area residents were out riding their bikes and noticed what they thought was a deer lying in a wooded area just past the ditch. They discovered it was a body and called police.More >
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A Northland man was arrested Saturday in the killings of two prostitutes whose bodies were found posed on the sides of rural Missouri roads nearly a year apart.
Derek Richardson, 27, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandonment of a corpse, authorities said at a news conference Saturday night.
"We absolutely stopped a person who was going to kill again," said Kansas City police Sgt. Doug Niemeier.
Richardson, a husband and father, was "infatuated with serial killers," court records state.
Police began trailing Richardson and arrested him late Saturday morning. Niemeier said Richardson confessed to the "intimate details of the crime" and that he didn't know the victims beforehand.
During six hours of questioning, Richardson told police he killed 40-year-old Tamara Sparks, and 24-year-old Nicholeone Reed, dumping their bodies and covering them with bleach to try to hide the evidence, authorities said.
Sparks was found dead Oct. 4, 2011, on the far northeast side of Kansas City, and Reed was found Aug. 21 in rural Kearney. Both bodies were in spots where they could easily be seen, with their pants pulled down and shirts pulled up. Police haven't released how either woman died.
Both women were last seen on St. John Avenue near Independence Avenue in northeast Kansas City, where they worked as prostitutes, police said.
But one clue left behind turned into a major key to crack the case.
Police announced earlier this month that the deaths of Sparks and Reed were linked and asked the public for help.
Detectives said they believed whoever was responsible for the deaths also was the person who lost a size 11, canvas, Crocs-brand shoe at the site where Sparks' body was found.
Niemeier said a tipster contacted police Thursday night because of the description of the shoe.
"Basically the tip was to say he was the one and the shoe was what really matched it," Niemeier said. "That shoe made a huge difference and it did seem to be a small item."
That witness also told police that Richardson bragged to him about killing a prostitute.
Court documents show Richardson said he choked the woman during a sex act, and that he did it at his home in Kansas City.
"It's just crazy to know it was happening on the other side of the wall, and we didn't have any idea about it," neighbor Matt Elwonger said.
Elwonger and his family said they never saw anything suspicious about Richardson, and they were friendly with him, his wife, and young child.
"They would sit outside and barbecue and just talk and have fun, like nothing ever seemed weird," Elwonger said.
The truth could have stayed hidden, and police, who worked non-stop this week are relieved.
"It feels good because you solved a crime, it feels good when you can tell a victim's family that their case has been resolved," Niemeier said.
Earlier this month, police said a third woman, who lived on the same street where Sparks and Reed were last seen, was found dumped in late 2011 along the side of a road in Caldwell County, southeast of Cameron. She survived. But authorities didn't say Saturday if her case was connected.
"We have a tremendous amount of follow-up to do now that we have answered some of our own questions," Niemeier said, adding that it "feels good when you can tell a victim's family that their case has been resolved."
Niemeier, added that authorities will search across the United States to ensure there weren't other victims.
"We do know that he had travels elsewhere," Niemeier said, "so we will be contacting those states just to make sure."
Richardson ‘s bail is set at $2 million. It wasn't immediately known whether he has an attorney.
Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:30:51 GMT
The Lafayette County Prosecutor has charged the father of a 10-week-old baby with her violent death.Alex Anthony Gilbert, 24, of Independence was charged with second-degree murder. His daughter died fourMore >
The Lafayette County Prosecutor has charged the father of a 10-week-old baby with her violent death.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:13 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:13:19 GMT
Police are investigating whether a person being shot in the chest is connected to a home invasion robbery.Two men attempted to burst into a home in the 106 block of Greenwood Road when shots were fired.More >
A woman fired shots at three men attempting to break into her home, and one of the suspects was shot in the chest, police said. Her husband described the harrowing ordeal. More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:44 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:44:12 GMT
Police are investigating after elementary school kids in Johnson County allegedly had $30,000 stolen from them. Families at Valley Park Elementary, which is located off of West 123rd Street in OverlandMore >
Police are investigating after elementary school kids in Johnson County allegedly had $30,000 stolen from them.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:36 PM EDT2013-05-24 00:36:54 GMT
A two-vehicle wreck caused some major backup on Interstate 70 Thursday evening. The wreck closed I-70 westbound past Interstate 670. Drivers reported seeing traffic backed up for miles. Officials saidMore >
A two-vehicle wreck caused some major backup on Interstate 70 on Thursday evening.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 2:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 06:31:07 GMT
Jodi Arias (Source: CBS 5 News)
It is now in the hands of the 12 jurors to decide if Jodi Arias will live her life behind bars or if she'll be executed. The defense and prosecution gave their closing statement Tuesday afternoon andMore >
The judge has declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial. The jury announced late Thursday afternoon that they could not reach a unanimous decision on life or death for Arias.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:57 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:57:02 GMT
A massive tornado was carving its way through town. There was no time to hesitate. LaTisha Garcia had to get to her children. And so she raced against the storm. She had 30 miles to cover from her jobMore >
A massive tornado was carving its way through town. There was no time to hesitate. LaTisha Garcia had to get to her children.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:38 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:38:10 GMT
(RNN) - A bridge in Washington has collapsed and at least two cars are in the water, according to KING 5 TV out of Seattle. The bridge is part of Interstate 5. There is no word on injuries. Copyright 2013More >
A photo from the scene showed a man sitting on top of his car, which was partially submerged.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:04:40 GMT
MISSOURI CITY, TX (KPRC/CNN) - When a pregnant teacher in Texas collapsed, her coworkers rushed to help. The woman technically died, gave birth, and then was brought back to life. Erica Nigrelli, an EnglishMore >
A pregnant woman's heart stopped, and doctors performed an emergency c-section to rescue the baby and save the woman.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:41 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:41:53 GMT
An old-school Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a beauty, but there's nothing old about the engineers-in-training who re-built it into an electric car. "And it runs really nice," Cornel Foster, a Minddrive student,More >
Just by tweeting a certain phrase you'll be able to help a car run.More >