For Immediate Release, July 28, 2023
A Jackson County jury this afternoon convicted a Kansas City man, 25, in the kidnapping and murder of Gilberto Gutierrez in 2021, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Jury convicted Rashaud Lewis of Murder in the 2nd Degree, Kidnapping in the 1st Degree and two counts of Armed Criminal Action. A Jackson County judge will sentence Lewis on September 13th, 2023.
According to court records, Kansas City police were dispatched on May 11, 2021, on a reported missing person and the victim's family told them they had not heard from their father. But bloody clothing of the victim had been found. On May 17, 2021, a dead male body was found; it was wrapped in a tarp and found near 56th and Elmwood. The victim was identified. He died from several stab wounds. During the investigation, police detectives determined that the defendant’s vehicle was used to kidnap the victim. Tests for DNA showed the victim’s DNA in a property associated with the defendant.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Caitlin Brock and Jennifer Tatum prosecuted the case on behalf of Jackson County.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile : (816) 674-3954
*Charges are only accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded guilty.