DNA from discarded tissue helped police identify suspect

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A judge has found a 45-year-old Kansas City man guilty in a shooting that killed a man outside a gas station in the Crossroads District, the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office announced Sunday.

The judge found Timothy Fernandez guilty of second degree murder and felony action with a weapon on February 5, 2019, fatally shooting 40-year-old Michael E. Bryan outside the Windstar Sinclair gas station at 17th Street and Grand Boulevard.

Police found Bryan deceased on the sidewalk. He had been shot several times.

According to court records, surveillance video showed Fernandez and Bryan talking on the north side of the gas station. As Bryan walked away, Fernandez pulled out a gun and shot him. Surveillance video also showed that prior to the shooting, Fernandez threw away a tissue after blowing his nose.

Police also found a backpack and jacket nearby. DNA from the cloth, as well as a fingerprint found on an object in the backpack, have been linked to Fernandez. The ammunition found inside the backpack was the same caliber as a bullet recovered from Bryan’s jacket.

Sentencing was set for June 24.

This story was originally published April 17, 2022 8:45 p.m.

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Robert A. Cronkleton rises very early in the morning to bring readers the latest on crime, transportation and dawn weather. He has been with The Star since 1987 and now contributes to data communications and video editing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rockhurst College, where he studied Communications and Computer Science.

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