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Prosecutors seek Hard 50 sentence in meth-injection death

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 11:51 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, April 21, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.

Prosecutors will seek a Hard 50 sentence this week in the trial of a Wichita man accused of injecting another man with a lethal dose of meth before dumping his body in a field near K-96 and Hillside nearly a year ago.

Dang Sean, 32, who is being held on a $1 million bond, is scheduled to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in the death of Shawn Lindsey. Police said Lindsey, 34, was killed on the night of Jan. 11, 2013, and his body was found by surveyors five days later.

In their notice of intent to seek a sentence of life without parole for 50 years, prosecutors said the crime was committed in an especially heinous, atrocious or cruel manner. They also said Lindsey was killed to settle a debt that may have involved illegal drug transactions, and they said they planned to present evidence that Sean possessed illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia

“The methamphetamine and related paraphernalia that the defendant and cohorts possessed turned out to be the murder weapon,” they wrote.

Sean was one of three men who were charged with murder and aggravated kidnapping in the case. Three others were charged only with Lindsey’s kidnapping.

At a preliminary hearing in March, one of the defendants testified that Sean and 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.

Sean’s lawyer said in court papers that his client would present an alibi defense that will show that on the night of Lindsey’s death, Sean ate dinner at his sister’s house before going to Pleasures nightclub at 4949 S. West St.

District Judge Bruce Brown will preside at the trial, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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

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