Location: Missouri

First 'Thrill Killer' Pleads Guilty in Bicyclist's Murder

In November of 2005, Robert Osborn was brutally murdered while riding his bicycle home from work in Kansas City, Missouri.

Around 6am on November 20th, two men were “bored, looking for something to do, and so decided kill someone. Their first plan was to knock on area doors, shooting the first person who answered. Then they stalked a woman driving a car. Then they followed Robert Osborn, 43, stopping to fire at him twice from their vehicle and missing both times. Police believe Osborn may not have heard these shots or realized he was being fired at. The two men then drove their vehicle ahead of Osborn, hid behind a tree, and then shot him in the back of the head as he passed by.” (From the Missouri Bicycle Federation)

On Friday, August 1, 2008, one of the men, Raphael Willis, who was driving the car, pleaded guilty to his part in Osborn’s murder. Fabian Brown Jr., the alleged triggerman, is scheduled for trial September 29th on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Willis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Initially, he was charged with first-degree murder. Willis is expected to testify at Brown’s trial. His sentencing is scheduled for October 10th.

Read more: Kansas City Star, MyFoxKC, KSHB-TV

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web's premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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