RAYTOWN, Mo. -- The Jackson County Prosecutor announced charges on Tuesday in the May 2012 drive-by shooting that killed Harry Stone, 60, as he was out on a routine morning run.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker held a news conference Tuesday morning to address the second-degree murder charges against Craig L. Brown, 24.
Out for a morning run on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012, Harry Stone was ready for a day with family, but while running near the intersection of 67th and Blue Ridge Boulevard, someone shot and killed Stone.
Holding back tears during the news conference, Stone's widow said that 41-years ago she met her best friend who later became her husband. She said her family, her church family and friends have supported her through the difficult times. "But most of all I thank God for staying with me," Bobbie Stone said.
"As far as we know it's a random act of violence, they did it for fun, or did it for, well we don't know why," said Howard Wills, Stone’s brother after Stone's death and during the family's many pleas for information and tips.
Now, nearly four years since the murder, prosecutors say Brown, who was 20-years-old in 2012, will face prosecution for Stone's death.
According to court records and the news release from Peters-Baker, this is how the charges came about, at last:
Stone was transported to an area hospital and in a dying declaration to a physician said two black males with “dreads” shot him. Stone died in surgery. Almost three years later, on Feb. 1, 2015, Craig L. Brown was in an auto accident near 43rd and Pittman Road in Kansas City. Police secured a pistol, a black Glock 19 semi-automatic, found in the vehicle’s glove box. In June 2015, detectives in the Kansas City Police Department crime lab test fired the gun taken from Brown’s vehicle and, according to the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, it matched the gun used to kill Stone.
Detectives from Raytown and Kansas City police tracked down the purchaser of the handgun, who lived in Kansas City at the time of Stone’s fatal shooting, according to court records. She stated she purchased it for a boyfriend who is now in federal prison. Detectives interviewed that boyfriend. In November 2015, he identified Brown, known as CJ, as the person who shot Stone. He sold to Brown the gun purchased by his girlfriend in 2012, he told the detectives. Brown had dreads at that time.
Detectives, according to court records, located the owner of the vehicle passing Stone when he was shot. The vehicle in the video recovered from a nearby gas station was similar to a vehicle that had been stopped by Raytown and Kansas City police before and after the fatal shooting of Stone in Raytown. The vehicle belonged to Brown’s girlfriend. In an interview with Raytown and Kansas City detectives, Brown identified the vehicle in the BP gas station video that captured Stone’s shooting as his girlfriend’s vehicle. He also stated he often drove the vehicle then, and another witness corroborated for police that Brown often drove the vehicle around the time that Stone was killed.
Brown is being held on $250,000 bond.
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