David Jungerman, the Jackson County millionaire who was found guilty in the 2017 shooting death of a Brookside attorney, died Monday morning, according to his defense attorney.
Jungerman, 85, was convicted last year of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Oct. 25, 2017, shooting death of Tom Pickert, who had just returned home after walking his sons to school.
Dan Ross, who represented Jungerman in the murder trial in Jackson County Circuit Court, said his client had been hospitalized at University Health for some time after becoming ill.
“David Jungerman always insisted on his innocence,” Ross told The Star. “Unfortunately, the appeal of his guilty verdict will never be heard. The defense was confident of prevailing on his appeal, because of his death by operation of law, we believe the case will be dismissed.”
In March, a Jackson County judge ruled that Jungerman was not competent to be sentenced and ordered that he be committed to the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Jungerman, a self-made millionaire, was a native of Blackburn, Missouri. He worked his way through college as a psychology major and later became a salesman for a baby crib company. By the time Jungerman was in his mid-30s, he was president of Baby-Tenda Corp., a manufacturer of cribs and toddler tables in Kansas City.
In 2018, Jungerman’s family had assets of about $33 million, with more than 7,000 acres of property.
Over the years, Jungerman has faced a plethora of legal and criminal challenges. In 1990, Raytown police arrested Jungerman after he tried to detain four juveniles for trespassing behind his Raytown house.
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During a murder trial that lasted nearly two weeks, prosecutors said Jungerman shot Pickert because of a $5.75 million judgment Pickert won against Jungerman