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Attempted murder hearing postponed after woman agrees to testify against co-defendants

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.

The preliminary hearing for three of four defendants in a near-fatal shooting in College Hill was continued Thursday after prosecutors announced that the fourth defendant would testify against them.

Defense lawyers said they didn’t learn until just before the hearing that Danielle Oliver, 22, was one of two witnesses the state planned to call in the attempted first-degree murder hearing. Prosecutors said the other witness was Inman Standifer, 53, who was paralyzed in the shooting.

Wichita police said Standifer was shot in the leg, face and spine about 1 a.m. on Oct. 12 in the backyard of a house in the 200 block of South Holyoke. A woman told police at the time that she heard a man running north past her house yelling, “Help, they are after me.” A motive for the shooting has not been disclosed.

Dominic Oliver, 29, Demarkus Oliver, 18, and Marquez Barry, 28, are being held in the Sedgwick County Jail on $250,000 bond. They were all brought to court Thursday in handcuffs and jail jumpsuits.

Also in court was Danielle Oliver, who is facing the same charge and being held on the same bond. Her lawyer, John Sullivan, said in court that his client is hoping her charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor in exchange for her testimony. Prosecutor C.J. Rieg said no plea agreement had been reached in the case.

After defense lawyers said they did not come to court prepared to cross-examine Danielle Oliver, District Judge Ben Burgess agreed to continue the case until Jan. 17.

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

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