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Juries being picked in two murder trials

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at 2:56 p.m.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday afternoon in the trials of two Wichita murder suspects, including a man who called 911 from a pay phone on July 9 to say he had been kidnapped and had witnessed a murder.

Kendall Gentry, 23, is one of three men who were charged in the death of Ronald Wilson, 34, who was shot to death in his home at the Interdale Apartments at 916 N. Broadway.

Wichita police said Gentry led officers to Wilson’s body after calling 911 but was later implicated in Wilson’s death. Police said at the time that they believed that Wilson was shot during a robbery.

Another defendant in the case, Matthew McDaniel, 22, is scheduled to stand trail Jan. 28. Charges against third suspect were dismissed in October. Gentry’s trial is being held in the courtroom of District Judge Jeff Syrios.

In the other trial, Malek Brown, 21, is charged in the Dec. 14 shooting death of 19-year-old Markez Phillips. Police said Brown was one of two men who forced their way into an Oaklawn home and shot Phillips during a robbery. Police said the men left with three big-screen TVs after finding no money.

That trial is being held in the courtroom of District Judge Joseph Bribiesca.

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