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Man charged with murder in death involving stolen truck

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.

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A 34-year-old man was charged Thursday with first-degree felony murder in connection with the death of another man Saturday in an incident involving a stolen truck.

According to court documents, Edward Ladish was committing robbery when he struck Shawn Palmer with the truck, and Palmer died of his injuries later that day.

Ladish is charged with an alternate count of second-degree murder. He also faces charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and theft.

Bond has been set at $250,000. Ladish is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. July 24.

“I’m at a loss on all of this, your honor,” Ladish said over a video monitor in Judge Joe Kisner’s courtroom Thursday.

An attorney with the Sedgwick County Public Defender’s Office will represent Ladish, Kisner said.

Ladish is accused of stealing a pickup belonging to Palmer’s father in the overnight hours between July 4 and 5. The next morning, Palmer and his brother saw Ladish in the pickup at a QuikTrip at Meridian and MacArthur.

They attempted to confront Ladish there. When he tried to drive away, the brothers held on to the doors of the pickup. One fell off in the parking lot of the QuikTrip, and Palmer was dragged near the intersection of MacArthur, police said.

The 1993 Ford pickup, which had a trailer attached, then ran over Palmer. He died of his injuries Sunday morning. The other brother was taken to a hospital and released.

The truck and the trailer were found in an overgrown field a short time later, Lt. Randy Reynolds said Monday, and Ladish was arrested.

According to a court financial affidavit, Ladish has been unemployed for a year. He is single and has five dependents, ages 9, 8, 6, 5 and 7 months. According to court documents, Ladish has another court case pending.

Reach Matt Riedl at 316-269-6791 or mriedl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @riedlmatt.

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