Two brothers charged last week with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 29-year-old man are among four people charged with killing another man at around the same time, according to district court, jail and police records.
Shawn Malik Brown, 20, and Jerone Hakien Brown, 19, on Thursday were charged with first-degree murder in the commission of a felony in the death of Adji Tampone, who police have said was shot once in the head sometime between Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 and who was found dead in his home on South Rutan by a friend.
The pair were already in custody in Sedgwick County Jail and facing first-degree murder in the commission of a felony charges in the January slaying of 42-year-old Shawn Rhone when they were charged in Tampone’s death, court and jail records show.
The Brown brothers, as well as Milo J. Brown Jr., 21, and Myron L. Peters, 19, were charged on Jan. 8 in Rhone’s killing. Police have said that Rhone drove to a QuikTrip on Jan. 2 after being shot twice during a robbery attempt and botched drug deal, then died later at a Wichita hospital.
Shawn Brown and Jerone Brown are being held in lieu of $1 million bond in Rhone’s death and in lieu of $250,000 bond in Tampone’s killing, jail records show.
Shawn Brown is scheduled for jury trial on May 20 and Jerone Brown for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday in connection with Rhone’s death, according to district court records; they are both due in court for preliminary hearings in Tampone’s slaying on May 16.
Jail records show that the men also face a robbery count in connection with the case involving Tampone.
It wasn’t clear Saturday how the cases would be prosecuted. State law defines capital murder, in part, as “the killing of more than one person as a part of the same act or transaction or in two or more acts or transactions connected together or constituting parts of a common scheme or course of conduct.”
Police have not said how or whether the two cases are connected.
Jerone Brown, who has convictions for burglary and theft in 2010, was released on parole from prison less than a month before Rhone’s shooting, Kansas Department of Corrections records show.
Contributing: Hurst Laviana of The Eagle