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Wichita man convicted of first-degree murder in 2011 shooting

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013, at 11:41 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 12:05 p.m.

A Wichita man was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and 11 other charges for his role in a Dec. 30, 2011, fatal shootout outside a southeast Wichita restaurant and a drive-by shooting that occurred shortly afterward.

Steven Louis, 23, will be sentenced Oct. 18 by District Judge Ben Burgess.

Prosecutors said Kao Saechao was killed during a shootout between rival street gangs in the parking lot of the Bai Wei restaurant at 1845 S. Rock Road. Prosecutors said Louis and Saechao were affiliated with one of the gangs.

The defense claimed that Louis, acting in self-defense, returned fire only after a member of the rival gang began shooting at him.

Louis was charged with felony murder after prosecutors determined that he was in the process of committing an inherently dangerous felony when Saechao was killed.

Prosecutors said Louis fired 15 shots in the restaurant parking lot before driving to the 2200 block of South Stoneybrook and firing 18 more shots at a car and house that he thought were occupied by members of the rival gang.

Dung Anh Nguyen, 23, who police say fired the shot that killed Saechao, is scheduled to stand trial on Oct. 21.

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @hlaviana.

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