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Fugitive wanted for murder in Sedgwick County arrested in Baltimore

BY STAN FINGER
The Wichita Eagle

A routine traffic stop Thursday in Baltimore resulted in the arrest of a fugitive who has spent nearly two years on the run from a murder charge in Sedgwick County, authorities said.

Donald L. Jackson, 30, was wanted for first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated robbery, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Hershberger said.

Jackson is wanted in connection with the shooting death of Leroy Fields early on the morning of May 14, 2009, at a duplex at 224 S. Kansas, said Lt. Ken Landwehr, head of the Wichita Police Department's homicide unit.

Fields, 44, was shot in the torso after two masked men burst into his apartment at about 1:30 a.m. He was pronounced dead about two hours later at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.

Hashiem Ford was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in connection with the incident, which police said was drug-related. But a jury found Ford not guilty on both charges in February 2010.

An arrest warrant for Jackson was issued on Oct. 5, 2009, and he has spent nearly two years on the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office Top Ten Wanted Fugitive list.

Jackson is currently awaiting extradition back to Kansas.

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