Man suspected of killing Kansas City attorney pleads not guilty

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The man suspected of killing a Kansas City attorney in his front yard pleaded not guilty Thursday.

David Jungerman had his initial appearance Thursday in a Jackson County courtroom. 

The 80-year-old is charged in the shooting death of Kansas City attorney Tom Pickert. From the beginning, the Raytown businessman denied being the man who took Pickert’s life. Now the Jackson County prosecutor said they have evidence to the contrary.

Jungerman’s attorney Dan Ross said he’s innocent.

"He is presumed innocent. It would appear that the state and the press is trying to reverse the basic rule of law and generate a presumption of guilt by their press release and the reliance on a probable cause that is in many ways very speculative," said Ross.

Jungerman allegedly confessed his crime to an employee who lives near him. We knocked on the man's door. He refused to answer any questions about the investigation.

Jungerman is also charged in an unrelated case with allegedly shooting at someone attempting to steal metal pipes from his business.

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