MO v. JUNGERMAN: Millionaire’s Murder Trial

Posted at 7:48 AM, September 23, 2022 and last updated 9:39 AM, June 12, 2023

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB/Court TV) — A Kansas City millionaire is facing life in prison for the 2017 death of an attorney.

David Jungerman was found guilty of murder and armed criminal action in the death of Tom Pickert.


Jungerman was indicted in April 2018. The 84-year-old’s trial began Sept. 12 and the jury returned their verdict the following week.

Prosecutors said Pickert was shot dead in the front yard of his Brookside home in Oct. 2017.

He was shot once by a .17 caliber round, which is relatively rare, according to the prosecutor’s office.

FILE – David Jungerman (via KSHB)

Days before Pickert’s death, Jungerman lost a civil judgment totaling $5.75 million, a case that Pickert worked on.

Jungerman was not deemed a suspect after initially being questioned about Pickert’s homicide.

However, police obtained a search warrant for Jungerman’s car, house and business in March 2018.

During the search, police found an unspent .17 caliber bullet under the passenger seat of a white van.

The white van matched witnesses’ description of a vehicle traveling around Raytown to Pickert’s neighborhood.

A man walking his dog nearby said he saw an older white man with gray hair standing behind a white van, which was parked directly across from Pickert’s house.

Jungerman told media outlets that no one used his van that day, and that he was the only one with a key.

While searching his home and business, police also found a printout from the Jackson County property tax database that showed Pickert’s home address at his business and obtained an audio recording of a discussion Jungerman had with an employee about a .17 caliber rifle and killing Pickert.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18.

This story was originally published Sept. 22 by KSHB in Kansas City, an E.W. Scripps Company.

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