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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Guilty plea in bicyclist's murder

Osborn

From Kevin Hoffmann:

A Kansas City man today pleaded guilty to killing a bicyclist as he rode through an east Kansas City neighborhood.

Fabian D. Brown Jr., 23, is the second codefendant to plead to the killing of 43-year-old Robert W. Osborn in November 2005. Brown pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action, the same charges that Rapheal L. Willis admitted to in August.

Brown told Jackson County Circuit Judge Jay A. Daugherty that Willis and he were looking to rob someone during the early morning hours. He admitted that they planned to rob and shoot a woman and then decided against it. Brown told the judge that when they saw Osborn on his bike that he fired a rifle twice but missed on purpose. He said Willis then fired a shotgun and killed Osborn.

Osborn had just left his job at the Hy-Vee Food & Drug Store at U.S. 40 and Noland Road and was riding his bike home, as he often did. He was shot along 47th Street near Blue Ridge Boulevard.

The photo is of Osborn, who's the focus of a memorial site here. After his death, his family has been very outspoken about crime prevention. (They're the folks responsible for the Safe Streets, Safe City proposal.)

Here's an earlier post on Osborn -- his obituary.
An older post about the case from local blogger Eddie B.

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