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Final of five defendants in 2011 murder pleads guilty

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, April 14, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, May 30, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.

The last of five defendants charged with taking part in a 2011 deadly robbery in Oaklawn has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder.

Francis Dupree, 26, who was scheduled to stand trial this week for first-degree murder, will be sentenced May 29 by District Judge Christopher Magana.

All five suspects have been convicted of first- or second-degree murder.

Prosecutors said the men forced their way into a home at 3002 E. Locust on Dec. 14, 2011, and shot Markez Phillips, 19, who was visiting his girlfriend. The men left with three big-screen TVs after finding no money.

Nicholas Dupree, 30, Reginald Dupree, 21, and Malek Brown, 23, all were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Daniel Dupree, 24, was sentenced to 15 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Brown fired the shots that killed Phillips.

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

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