A cellphone used by three brothers charged with first-degree murder was twice used to call the victim less than a half-hour before he was shot and twice more to send text messages that guided him to the location of the shooting, a Wichita police detective testified Wednesday.
Detective Dan Harty said the cellphone of the victim, Shawn Rhone, proved to be the key to identifying the brothers – Milo, Shawn and Jerone Brown – now charged as Rhone’s killers.
Milo Brown, 22, is standing trial this week in Sedgwick County District Court on charges of first-degree murder and attempted aggravated robbery. His brothers are awaiting trial.
The boys’ mother, Euva Brown, testified Wednesday that the family had two cellphones, one of which she allowed her six children to use. It was the children’s phone on which the calls to Rhone’s phone were made on the night that he was killed, Harty said.
The first call, placed at 6:44 p.m. Jan. 2, lasted a minute and 44 seconds, Harty said. A second call at 6:56 p.m. lasted 25 seconds. A text message that contained an address – “1757 Parkway” – was sent at 5:51 p.m. A follow-up text at 6:54 contained a correction: “1757 Northeast Parkway. My Fault.”
Rhone pulled into a QuikTrip parking lot at 13th and Oliver shortly after 7 p.m. and collapsed in the parking lot. Officers later determined that he was shot twice outside a vacant house at 1757 Northeast Parkway, which is across the street from the house where the Browns were living, Harty said.
Prosecutors said a GPS ankle bracelet that Milo Brown was wearing showed that he was at the scene of the shooting.
The trial will resume Thursday.