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July 29, 2013

State set to rest its case against man in robbery involving fatal shooting of suspect

The state is expected to rest its case Tuesday in the trial of one of three suspects who were shot last year by Wichita police while fleeing the scene of a home-invasion robbery. One of the suspects died.

The state is expected to rest its case Tuesday in the trial of one of three suspects who were shot last year by Wichita police while fleeing the scene of a home-invasion robbery. One of the suspects died.

The jury could begin deliberating the case of Reginald Vaughn before the end of the day.

Vaughn, 21, is charged with 11 felonies, including aggravated robbery, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and seven counts of kidnapping. Police said he was with a group of four men who held seven people at gunpoint during the robbery of a home at 1201 W. Crawford on April 13, 2012.

Police said three of the suspects, two of them armed with handguns, ran out the back door as police surrounded the house. Police said one officer fired three shotgun blasts at the suspects after one of them pointed a gun at him. Another officer fired seven shots from a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, police said. One of the shots from the handgun struck Timothy Collins, 17, in the head and killed him.

Among the witnesses testifying Monday was Detective Tom Fatkin, who told the jury that as in any case involving an officer-involved shooting, the KBI, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office and the Police Department’s professional standards bureau all took part in the investigation.

Fatkin told defense lawyer Mark Sevart during cross-examination that the scene was processed entirely by Wichita police lab investigators. Sevart had told the jury in his opening statement last week that the officers fired at the suspects without identifying themselves as police officers.

District Judge Warren Wilbert is presiding at the trial.

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