GIRARD — A Tennessee man made a first appearance Tuesday in Crawford County District Court on a second-degree murder charge alleging he shot and killed a former Parsons woman.
Bri’yon Ezra Baker, 23, of Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, is charged with second-degree murder, a level one felony, and possession of stolen property, a Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun, a low-level felony.
At 6:22 p.m. Saturday, Pittsburg police were called to 415 S. Broadway, Apt. 15, on the report of a woman on the floor of an apartment. The caller reported finding the door to the apartment open and saw the woman on the floor. Emergency responders pronounced the woman dead. She was identified as Jase E. Delich, 18. She died two days after her 18th birthday from a gunshot wound, police said.
Pittsburg police reviewed surveillance footage in the area and witness statements to identify the alleged shooter as Baker. At midnight Saturday, Pittsburg police found Baker walking in the area of 16th and Joplin streets. Baker was arrested and police found a handgun in his possession, the stolen 9 mm.
Baker was booked into the Crawford County Jail on a $1 million bond.
During his first appearance on the charges Tuesday, Crawford County Judge Jennifer Brunetti ordered Baker held without bond. She appointed Brian Duncan to represent Baker and scheduled a no-go preliminary hearing for Dec. 21 via Zoom.
The investigation continues into Delich’s death. Anyone with information should call Pittsburg police at (620) 231-1700 or the tip line at (620) 231-8477.
Delich is a Labette County High School graduate. She formerly lived in Parsons. In July, she began work as a nail technician for Salon LA in Pittsburg.
It is unknown how long Baker had been in Pittsburg. From 5:30 a.m. Oct. 4 until 8:17 p.m. Oct. 11, he was in the Maury County Jail in Columbia, Tennessee. He was held for failure to appear on driving with a suspended license and simple drug possession and an older case on a probation revocation for simple drug possession, according to jail records. Someone paid his cash bond of $1,205 to allow his release.