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Major Crimes


The attorneys in the Major Crimes Unit have substantial experience in prosecuting the most dangerous offenders. This unit prosecutes homicides, serious assaults, vehicular assaults, dangerous and career criminals, home invasions, robberies, and dangerous drug offenses. The Major Crimes Unit attorneys are:



James Whiteside - First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

James joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in March of 2013. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Missouri State University and his Juris Doctorate from the St. Louis University School of Law. James served in Warren County Missouri as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and led the Multi-Disciplinary Team in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and domestic violence, and also served as a member of the Warren County Drug Court. James was then appointed by Governor Matt Blunt to serve as Prosecuting Attorney for Montgomery County Missouri. While in Montgomery County, James chaired the Child Fatality Review Board, served as a board member of the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals, and was appointed to the Supreme Court Rules Committee for Alternative Treatment Courts.


Philip Fuhrman - Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Philip joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in August of 2009. He received his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College, majoring in Political Science. Philip received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law in 2009. Philip first worked for the Greene County Prosecutor's Office as a Rule 13 intern during the summer of 2008. Upon graduation, he returned to our office first working as a prosecutor in the General Crimes Unit and then in the Person's Unit. In 2012, he was promoted to Senior Assistant in the General Crimes Unit where he focused on prosecuting felony crimes and assisting in training our new prosecutors. In 2013, Philip was assigned to the Major Crime Unit. Philip specializes in handling involuntary manslaughter cases in which the defendant was driving under the influence of alcohol or was otherwise reckless.


Kevin T. Young - Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Kevin joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in March of 2010. Kevin is a Southwest Missouri native from Marshfield who served in the Marines before going to law school. In 2006, Kevin received an undergraduate degree from Drury University in History. In 2009, Kevin received his Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While in law school, Kevin was a senior editor of the Regent Journal for Law and Public Policy and served as the Legal Research and Writing Coordinator for the Regent University Moot Court Board. Kevin was also selected to be a student member of the James Kent Inn of Courts. Kevin is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Virginia.

Kevin initially worked in the Child Support Unit before transferring to General Crimes in 2011. In 2013, Kevin was promoted to the position of Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Kevin prosecutes felony property cases and white collar crime cases.


Dawn Diel - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Dawn joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in December of 2012. In 2005, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Saint Louis University. Dawn received a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Missouri St. Louis in 2008. In 2012, Dawn received her Juris Doctorate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. During law school, Dawn was an editor on Washington University's Journal of Law and Policy and co-founded Washington University's Criminal Law Society. Dawn completed internships at the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office, and the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office while in law school and a clinic at the Missouri State Public Defender's Office in St. Louis County. Dawn currently prosecutes drug offenses and is the prosecutor's liaison to drug court.