A 25-year-old Kansas City man, Rashaud Lewis, has been convicted by a Jackson County jury for the kidnapping and murder of Gilberto Gutierrez in May 2021. Lewis was found guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, and two counts of armed criminal action. The victim’s family reported him missing, and his body was later discovered wrapped in a tarp. Lewis’ vehicle was identified as the one used in the kidnapping, and DNA evidence connected the victim to Lewis. Another suspect, Ahmad Herring, has already been sentenced to 46 years in prison. Lewis will be sentenced on September 13, 2023. Brian Dulle reported
A 25-year-old Kansas City man, Rashaud Lewis, has been convicted by a Jackson County jury for the kidnapping and killing of 52-year-old Gilberto Gutierrez in May 2021. The jury found Lewis guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, and two counts of armed criminal action.
The investigation began on May 11, 2021, when Kansas City police responded to a missing person report from Gutierrez’s family. The family informed the police that they hadn’t heard from Gutierrez, but bloody clothing belonging to him was discovered. On May 17, 2021, the body of a man wrapped in a tarp was found near 56th and Elmwood, later identified as Gutierrez. The autopsy revealed that he died from multiple stab wounds.
During the course of the investigation, police detectives discovered that Lewis’ vehicle had been used in the kidnapping. Receipts for drop cloths and bleach were found, along with several cellphones. DNA tests confirmed the presence of Gutierrez’s DNA in a property associated with Lewis.
Ahmad Herring, another suspect in the case, was sentenced earlier this month to a total of 46 years in prison. Lewis is scheduled to be sentenced by a Jackson County judge on September 13, 2023.
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