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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Suspect sought in killing of man after PlayStation fight, police say

BY STAN FINGER
The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA — Wichita police are looking for a 22-year-old man in connection with the city's latest homicide.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Benjamin Redgate, who is suspected of second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Luke German, said Lt. Ken Landwehr, head of the homicide section.

German was found lying in the front yard of a house in the 3900 block of Roseberry late Tuesday night and taken to a local hospital, where he died late Thursday night. While German had no external signs of trauma, Landwehr said, an autopsy revealed he had suffered "severe internal injuries."

The autopsy indicated the injuries were consistent with being kicked, punched and perhaps struck by a pipe, Landwehr said.

Redgate's 26-year-old brother was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder, Landwehr said, and a 20-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of helping Redgate escape.

Redgate is suspected of using a purple women's mountain bike for transportation, Landwehr said.

The three men were playing a video football game on PlayStation 3 at the house on Roseberry Tuesday night when a fight broke out over the game, Landwehr said.

An investigation determined German was attacked and beaten both inside the house and out in the front yard, he said.

When authorities arrived, German was not breathing. He was taken to Wesley Medical Center and placed on life support, police said.

Check Kansas.com for updates.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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