Jury in high-profile murder trial finds defendant guilty - KCTV5 News

Jury in high-profile murder trial finds defendant guilty

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A Jackson County jury Wednesday found a man on trial for a 2011 triple murder guilty of six felony counts.

The jury returned guilty verdicts against 49-year-old Derek T. Hubbard for first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and three counts of armed criminal action for the murders of Stephanie Brown, Anthony Richardson and his wife, Mary Richardson.

Last week prosecutors filed a brief to exclude the Kansas City man from his murder trial. According to The Kansas City Star, Hubbard had a violent outburst Tuesday, June 24 in front of a jury, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial.

Hubbard was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and first-degree robbery for the triple homicide in November 2011.

According to court documents, Hubbard showed up at the home of his estranged girlfriend's cousin and began arguing with her and her cousin. When Hubbard tried to get his estranged girlfriend, Brown, to leave with him, her cousin, Anthony Richardson, intervened and Hubbard shot Richardson, Brown and Richardson's wife.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté told The Kansas City Star that Richardson was a childhood friend and "like a brother."

The Star said the afternoon of June 23, during potential juror questioning, Hubbard allegedly began yelling that he was the victim of a conspiracy and that Forté was out to get him.

According to The Star, when questioning resumed the next day, Hubbard suddenly stood and allegedly attacked his public defender, again yelling that there was a conspiracy against him led by Forté.

Hubbard will be sentenced on Sept. 19.

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