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 >
Tuesday, April 9 2013 12:10 AM EDT2013-04-09 04:10:23 GMT
Police said they have made an arrest in connection to the murders of Tamara Sparks and Nicoleone Reed. They will be holding a press conference at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the news. Both women were knownMore >
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.More >
LIBERTY, MO (KCTV) -
Court documents released Tuesday show the investigative tools that detectives used to arrest a man suspected of killing two women.
Two witnesses provided clues that helped lead to the arrest of Derek Richardson, 27. After the arrest, police spent Tuesday searching the home of Richardson's in-laws at North Skiles Avenue and 108th Street in the Northland.
Richardson, who is married and has two young children, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon. A judge entered a not guilty plea for him, which is standard during a first court appearance.
Police say Richardson targeted 23-year-old Nicoleone Reed last year, and 40-year-old Tamara Sparks back in 2011, because they were prostitutes. Prosecutors say that he confessed to strangling both women, dumping their bodies, and covering them with bleach in an effort to destroy evidence.
Sparks' sister, Dawn Branstietter, said she knows this is a tough time for Richardson's wife and family.
"My heart goes out to his family," she said. "They have to be suffering just as much as we are."
When police announced that they were seeking a potential serial killer, detectives said the killer had left a distinctive canvas-style Croc shoe by Sparks' body.
A week after the news conference, a man contacted police, saying that Richardson confessed to killing a prostitute late last year, according to court records. Richardson allegedly admitted to choking Sparks to death during a sex act inside his home, according to court records.
"The witness stated Richardson was infatuated with serial killers (and) told him several times that he was a killer," according to court documents.
A woman told police that Richardson had talked to her about serial killers and that he had sexually assaulted and killed women, according to court documents. The woman said Richardson "was smiling as he was telling her about being a serial killer."
The woman said Richardson wore a size 11 shoe and owned a similar moccasin-style shoe like the one found.
Witness No. 2 stated Richardson had told her that he had lost the Croc shoes after a float trip approximately two years ago," according to court records. "Witness No. 2 voluntarily gave a sample of her DNA, which was compared to the unknown female DNA recovered from the interior of the Croc shoe."
Police on Friday learned that the woman's DNA matched the DNA found on the interior of the shoe. Richardson was arrested about 10:30 a.m. Saturday during a traffic stop.
That woman was "quite familiar with Richardson," according to prosecutors. Authorities have not said whether the witness was a family member or not.
Court documents revealed DNA from the same male assailant was recovered from both crime scenes, but police have not said whether it was Richardson's DNA. He allegedly confessed to the crimes "in great detail," according to court records.
Branstietter said the family is relieved an arrest has been made, but they still miss Sparks very much.
"No matter what her lifestyle was, she's still human. And she still had family that loved her and her children who needed her," he said.
Clay County Prosecutor Dan White filed first-degree murder charges, which carries a maximum penalty of life without parole. White has not filed capital murder charges, which are eligible for the death penalty.
He remains jailed on a $2 million bond.
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Saturday, May 18 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:23:41 GMT
The National Weather Service says there is a slight risk for severe weather on Sunday, and isolated tornadoes and supercell storms are possible.The threat for severe weather will continue into Monday.StormsMore >
The National Weather Service said there is a moderate risk for severe weather on Sunday, and isolated tornadoes and supercell storms are possible.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:27 PM EDT2013-05-18 18:27:31 GMT
Students are calling the death of a Harrisonville teen a rude awakening. Troopers said 16-year-old Savannah Nash pulled in front of a semi Thursday at Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. Savannah wasMore >
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Saturday, May 18 2013 7:40 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:40:22 GMT
A bank on the Country Club Plaza was robbed Saturday afternoon. The FBI reported the Commerce Bank located at 47th Street and Wornall Road was robbed.They have provided little details about a suspect descriptionMore >
A bank on the Country Club Plaza was robbed Saturday afternoon.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:57 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:57:19 GMT
It can be a little disconcerting spotting a wild animal in your backyard, but it's happening more and more lately. People in Mission, KS, said they're seeing coyotes near their homes – something that'sMore >
People in Mission, KS, said they're seeing coyotes near their homes - something that's becoming so common the city is offering advice on how to avoid them.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:04:56 GMT
One child was sent to the hospital when a go-cart they were riding in collided with an SUV Saturday afternoon. Police said the wreck happened about 2:30 p.m. in the area of 55th Street and Cambridge Avenue.More >
Two children were sent to the hospital when a go-cart they were riding in collided with an SUV on Saturday afternoon.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:38 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:38:11 GMT
It's the largest Powerball jackpot in history and Saturday night everyone's talking about the record $600 million prize. Locally, a Dearborn couple made Powerball history in November by winning half ofMore >
It's the largest Powerball jackpot in history, and Saturday night everyone's talking about the record $600 million prize.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:52:00 GMT
An 11-year-old girl is recovering after a distracted driver hit her and then fled.She is recovering at Children's Mercy Hospital with a broken arm, ruptured ear drum and fractured pelvis. Her family isMore >
An 11-year-old girl is recovering after a distracted driver hit her and then fled.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:47 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:47:09 GMT
Imagine suffering a medical emergency in a foreign country, half a world away. It happened to a man from Overland Park, KS, in Japan. Now, his family is trying to come up with a way to get him home whereMore >
An Overland Park family is trying to raise enough money to get their son back to the U.S. from Japan after he suffered a massive stroke in the other country.More >