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Charges filed in deadly convenience store robbery

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at 6:20 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.

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Jackson Bryant was charged Tuesday with murder in the shooting death of a customer at a south Wichita convenience store.

Bryant, 19, was charged in Sedgwick County District Court with first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery, criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property.

Judge Warren Wilbert set Bryant’s bond at $1 million. Bryant’s preliminary hearing has been set for Dec. 3.

He is accused of killing Jeffrey Michael Jones, 29, while robbing the BD Convenience Store at 1601 S. Hydraulic shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Jones was a frequent visitor to the convenience store at the corner of Harry and Hydraulic.

Bryant entered the store and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding money, police have said. Jones began talking to Bryant before, police said, Bryant shot him once in the head after a short conversation.

The owner of the convenience store, who did not want to give her name because of safety concerns, said Jones was a good friend of the clerk on duty at the time of the robbery.

“He was trying to protect his friend,” she said.

There were six people in the store at the time of the holdup, she said.

Bryant left the store and was apprehended a few blocks away after firing several shots in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of South Greenwood, a block west from Hydraulic, police have said. Two vehicles parked on Greenwood were struck by bullets.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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