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Radio station homicide case to be presented to prosecutors next week

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at 1:24 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.

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Wichita police plan to present their investigation of the killing of a Steckline Communications employee to prosecutors next week, an official said Friday.

The presentation probably will occur Tuesday or Wednesday, Wichita police Lt. Todd Ojile said. Prosecutors then will decide whether to file charges.

Ojile, head of the homicide unit, also said the suspect in the killing of Daniel Flores remains in a hospital. When the suspect – identified in a police report as 31-year-old Antwon Banks – is well enough to leave the hospital, Ojile said, he will be booked into jail on suspicion of felony murder.

Anyone with information about the case can call detectives, 316-268-4181, or Crime Stoppers, 316-267-2111, Ojile said.

The body of Flores, 25, was found about 8 a.m. Monday in a basement area of the Steckline offices on Maize near Kellogg. Flores died of blunt-force injuries, according to preliminary autopsy results.

According to the police report, Banks admitted he stabbed himself during a traffic stop by police late Wednesday. The report said an officer found Banks with a knife stuck in his stomach in the 3900 block of North Woodlawn. Ojile said that officers had been watching the suspect’s residence before the traffic stop.

An office manager at Steckline has told The Eagle that Banks was her ex-boyfriend and that she is convinced he was targeting her after a recent break-up.

Ojile told reporters that investigators think Flores could have been at the wrong place at the wrong time when he was killed, apparently after 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Steckline offices house radio stations and an agricultural network. Flores operated computer and audio equipment.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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