Millionaire convicted in attorney’s murder dies awaiting sentencing

Posted at 1:26 PM, September 25, 2023

By: Sam Hartle

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Scripps News Kansas City) — A millionaire who was found guilty of the 2017 murder of Kansas City attorney died Monday morning while awaiting sentencing in the case.

David Jungerman, 85, died at University Health. His attorney, Daniel Ross, said Jungerman’s cause of death is likely old age and dementia.

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FILE – David Jungerman (via Scripps News Kansas City)

In 2018, Jungerman was charged with the murder of Tom Pickert. In Sept. 2022, a jury found him guilty of murder.

Earlier this year, a Jackson County judge ruled Jungerman was “not competent” to be sentenced. The judge ordered a re-evaluation of Jungerman six months later, which would have been this month.

Jungerman had been in the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Police found Pickert’s body the morning of Oct. 25, 2017, on the front walk of his Kansas City home.

Pickert was the attorney in a civil suit involving Jungerman. One of Pickert’s clients won a $5.75 million jury verdict in the case.

This story was originally published by Scripps News Kansas City, an E.W. Scripps Company.