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Witnesses describe attack at Wichita shopping center

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, April 4, 2014, at 8:46 a.m.

A Wichita man was ordered to stand trial for attempted second-degree murder Thursday after a half-dozen witnesses described a fight at a shopping center that they said ended when the defendant ran over another man with his Cadillac.

“Both passenger-side tires went over him,” said Ashton Laviolette, who was working at the Best Buy at 21st and Rock on the morning of Jan. 28 when he saw the incident through the window of a rear garage door. He said the driver then got out of the car and began hitting the man on the ground.

“He wasn’t moving very much, but he was obviously still alive,” he said. “It looked like he was curled up, as if in pain.”

Wichita police Detective Robert Reichenberger said the victim, Michael Andrew Scriven, 33, was critically injured.

“His hip was shattered,” he said. “He had multiple cuts on his head. He suffered multiple broken ribs, and I believe he had one or more broken bones in his arms or legs.”

The suspect, Reginald D. McCraw, 59, is being held on $250,000 bond.

Several witnesses said they heard McCraw say that Scriven shattered a rear window on his car and took money from him. No other explanation was given at the hearing for why the men were angry with each other.

Among those testifying was Bethany Ficus, who said she was working at Caribbean Sun Tanning when she noticed the two men outside her store.

“I thought they appeared to be playfighting,” she said. “I couldn’t hear what they were saying – just loud voices.”

Melissa Breault, who was sitting in the parking lot, saw the same thing.

“They just looked aggressive. They seemed to be going back and forth. They were both upset.”

The Cadillac was next seen at the rear of the shopping center, where the confrontation grew violent.

Robert Zollinger said he was making a delivery to Adrian’s restaurant when he heard a noise and looked up to see the Cadillac back over the victim.

“I saw the Cadillac knock him down and run him over,” Zollinger said. “He stopped the vehicle right on top of him.”

Robert Kampman, who came upon the scene while driving to work at Dick’s Sporting Goods, described the victim as “mangled and in rough shape. There was lot of blood on his face.”

Defense lawyer Gary Owens said the fact that several witnesses reported seeing McCraw drive around the victim before leaving the parking lot showed that he never intended to kill the victim.

District Judge Joseph Bribiesca ruled there was enough evidence to present the case to a jury and put the case on the May 12 jury trial docket.

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

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