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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Police identify woman shot to death; boyfriend booked into jail

By Stan Finger
The Wichita Eagle

Wichita police have identified the woman found shot to death in her home early Saturday morning as 41-year-old Jolie Crosby.

Her 47-year-old boyfriend, Ronald Harner of Hutchinson, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, documents show. He is being held on $250,000 bond, and Lt. Randy Reynolds said evidence in the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office later this week.

Crosby’s 14-year-old daughter awoke shortly before 5:30 a.m. Saturday and called 911 after finding her mother in the living room of their house in the 8400 block of East Greenbriar Court, which is southeast of 29th and Rock Road, Reynolds said. All three of Crosby’s daughters and Harner’s 10-year-old daughter were asleep and did not hear an argument prior to the shooting, he said.

Crosby was shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. A gun was recovered at the house.

Harner and all four girls were waiting outside the house when police arrived, Reynolds said.

Reno County Undersheriff Sheldon Stewart said Harner was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence shortly before 12:30 a.m. south of Yoder. Authorities were conducting a DUI check lane at Yoder Road and Illinois Street, a mile south of U.S. 50, when Harner was arrested.

He was booked into the Reno County Jail and bonded out at 1:57 a.m., Stewart said. Harner also was arrested on a DUI in February 2010, he said.

Harner and Crosby did not live together, Reynolds said.

Police have no record of previous domestic issues involving Crosby and her boyfriend, Reynolds said.

This is the 12th homicide of the year in Wichita.

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

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