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Monday, July 28, 2014

Boyfriend charged with murder in Wichita woman’s death

By Stan Finger
The Wichita Eagle

A 47-year-old Hutchinson man was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the weekend shooting death of his Wichita girlfriend.

Ronald Harner made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court Tuesday afternoon. He is accused of killing Jolie Crosby, 41, in her home near 29th and Rock Road early Saturday morning.

Harner’s bond was set at $250,000, and his preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 19.

Crosby’s 14-year-old daughter called 911 shortly before 5:30 a.m. Saturday to report the shooting at the house in the 8400 block of East Greenbriar Court, which overlooks the sixth hole of Tallgrass Country Club’s golf course. Crosby was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:37 a.m., authorities said.

She was found in the living room of the house and had been shot once in the head, Lt. Randy Reynolds said.

Hours before Crosby was shot to death, 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.

Crosby was a passenger in Harner’s truck at the time he was arrested, Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said in an e-mail response to questions. There was no indication the couple was quarreling at the time Harner’s vehicle was stopped and he was arrested.

Harner turned the vehicle over to her when he was taken to jail, Henderson said.

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

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