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A Wichita man will spend more than two years in prison for his role in a traffic accident that killed a man riding a horse last summer.

George Childers, 26, was sentenced to 28 months Tuesday afternoon in connection with the death of 49-year-old Lloyd “Sonny” Ferguson on July 5, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said.

Childers was the driver of the first of two cars that struck Ferguson while he and 6-year-old Eddie Caddell were riding Ferguson’s horse across 21st Street North near Piatt. Childers fled, leaving the pair injured in the street.

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:10 CDT

One of two men arrested in the Sept. 8 stabbing death of a burglary suspect in College Hill Park had no idea at the time that his co-defendant had stabbed the victim, a defense lawyer told a jury Tuesday.

Kyle A. Carter, 31, is standing trial this week for first-degree murder in the death of Carl Cooper, 32, who died several hours after collapsing on a doorstep in the 300 block of South Clifton about 3:30 a.m. Carter and his co-defendant, Trenton Custer, 34, are both charged with first-degree murder.

Wichita police said Carter and Custer were acting as vigilantes on the morning of Sept. 8 when Cooper broke into a BMW that was parked in the driveway of a home the men were visiting in the 400 block of South Clifton. Carter chased the suspect on foot, police said, while Custer went after him in his pickup. One of the men stabbed Custer three times in the lower back during a confrontation near the park’s swimming pool.

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:00 CDT

A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word "murder" across his neck might prejudice a jury, so he is asking for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover it up.

Prosecutors say they aren't opposed to Jeffrey Chapman covering his tattoo, but Barton County's sheriff says he's against transporting Chapman to a licensed tattoo facility — the only places tattoo artists are allowed to practice under Kansas law.

The Great Bend Tribune reports Chapman's trial is scheduled to start Monday in the November 2011 killing of Damon Galliart, whose body was found by hunters in a roadside ditch southwest of Great Bend.

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:16 CDT
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