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Judge Jalilah Otto – Division 26     

Associate Circuit Judge Jalilah Otto was appointed to Division 26 by Governor Jay Nixon in January 2014.  At the time of her appointment, Judge Otto was serving as a Chief Trial Assistant for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Judge Otto is a native of Kansas City and received her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.  She also received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and Political Science from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

 

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District Attorney Mark A. Dupree, Sr.

Mark A. Dupree, Sr., is the District Attorney of Wyandotte County, KS.  Mr. Dupree was sworn into office on January 9th, 2017.  Dupree’s focus is equitably charging and prosecuting crime, being proactive, attacking violent crimes and crimes that affect the standard of living in the community.  Mr.  Dupree has practiced in a diversity of legal capacities. He clerked in Jackson County, Missouri, served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Jackson County, served as an Assistant Public Defender in Johnson County Public Defender’s Office, and he and his wife practiced in their firm, Dupree and Dupree, LLC – Attorneys at Law, until his swearing into office.


Mr. Dupree is an active member in the community. He is the Senior Pastor and ordained Elder at his father’s church in Wyandotte County. He is a Governor on the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors, served on the Kansas Legal Services Board of Directors, served as Committee Chairperson for the Wyandotte County Bar Association, is an Executive Board Member on the Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Courts, former board member of Young Women on the Move, former board member of the Johnson County Bar Association, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is currently serving as an active Sunflower House board member.

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Capt. Ron Johnson (Missouri State Highway Patrol)

Captain Ronald S. Johnson joined the Missouri State Highway Patrol on July 1, 1987. After graduation, he was assigned to Troop C St. Louis. In 1995, he was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone commander. In 1997, he was promoted to sergeant and designated zone commander. In October 1999, Captain Johnson was promoted to lieutenant and transferred to Troop A, Lee's Summit. In 2002, he was promoted to captain and returned to Troop C as commanding officer. In 2017, Captain Johnson was designated as Director of the Highway Patrol’s newly created Office of Community Engagement and Outreach. Captain Johnson was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds a criminal justice degree, is a graduate of Northwestern University Traffic Institute of Police Staff and Command, and a 2014 graduate of the National Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy. He is certified in police instruction and the development/implementation of Assessment Center exercises formatted for command level staff officers. He serves on various committees within the Patrol and Community. On August 14, 2014, Governor Jay Nixon appointed Captain Johnson to lead protest security in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, Jr. Captain Johnson had received numerous awards and recognitions for his Service. Captain Johnson and his wife Lori have been married for twenty-nine years and have two adult children.

 

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Sgt. Everett Babcock (KCPD Homicide Unit)

Sergeant Babcock has 29 years of law enforcement experience, with over 21 years assigned to investigations. He has served in the Kansas City Missouri Police Department’s Homicide Unit as both a detective and a sergeant. Sergeant Babcock has also been assigned as both a detective and a sergeant to the Kansas City Metro Squad. He is currently assigned to the Homicide Unit’s Assault Squad, and is a supervisor assigned to help oversee investigations into officer involved shootings. Sergeant Babcock is a licensed generalist instructor in the State of Missouri and is a certified basic and defensive tactics instructor through the Council on Law Enforcement, Education and Training. He is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. Sergeant Babcock is an instructor with the Dolan Consulting Group and he sits on the board of the Kansas City Chapter of the Parents of Murdered Children. His investigations have been profiled on America’s Most Wanted, American Gangster, the First 48 and Fatal Attraction.

 

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Rosilyn Temple (Executive Director, KC Mothers in Charge)

In 2011, Rosilyn Temple’s son was murdered in his own apartment. He was 26 years old. To this day, his homicide remains unsolved.  In the wake and devastation of her son’s murder, Rosilyn turned a personal search for justice into a life changing community call to action.  In early 2012, Rosilyn discovered Mothers in Charge, Inc., founded in Philadelphia in 2003 by a group of mothers who lost children to homicide.  Rosilyn immediately contacted the executive director, Dorothy Johnson-Speight, MHS, LPC, who guided Rosilyn through the process of building a Kansas City chapter.  By the end of the year, while still working full-time as a social service case manager, Rosilyn had successfully laid the groundwork for the Kansas City chapter known as “KC Mothers in Charge.”  Over the past four and half years, Rosilyn has visited approximately 400 homicide scenes in the Kansas City, MO area.  While police are securing the scene for proper investigation, Rosilyn provides compassion, care, and trauma informed crisis counseling to family members.  At a time when widespread distrust of law enforcement is at a heightened level, Rosilyn has been effectively bridging the gap between grieving communities and the police department.  Rosilyn’s passion, leadership, and dedication are helping to improve police-community relations, and she has become a local hero and beacon of strength for her community.