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Witness: Man found near K-96, Hillside died from lethal injection of meth

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 8:05 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 12 p.m.

A Wichita man whose body was found in a field near K-96 and Hillside in January was bound at the wrist and injected with a lethal dose of meth because he was unwilling or unable to repay a debt to a business partner, a witness in the case told a judge Wednesday.

Anthony Garza, one of six men who have been implicated in the death of Shawn Lindsey, testified at a preliminary hearing that he watched as some of his co-defendants melted a quarter-ounce of meth and injected it into Lindsey’s arm while holding him captive in an auto repair shop at 118 S. Vine.

Wichita police said earlier that Lindsey and one of the suspects co-owned the business. Garza on Wednesday identified the partner as Dang Sean, 32, the same person who police say beat Lindsey before injecting him with the lethal dose of meth.

An autopsy report introduced at Wednesday’s hearing listed Lindsey’s cause of death as “methamphetamine toxicity.”

Police said Lindsey, 34, was killed on the night of Jan. 11, and that his body was taken to a wooded area near K-96 and Hillside and dragged into the brush. His body was found on the morning of Jan. 16 by surveyors.

Three of the six defendants were charged with aggravated kidnapping, while three others were charged with aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder.

Garza, 28, one of the three facing the lesser charges, agreed to testify against his co-defendants after reaching a plea agreement that allowed him to plead guilty to a reduced charge of kidnapping.

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com.

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