Crime & Courts

June 28, 2013

DA: No charges for Wichita man who fatally shot twin brother

A 59-year-old Wichita man arrested last month after he reported fatally shooting his twin brother will not face charges, the Sedgwick County district attorney said.

A 59-year-old Wichita man arrested last month after he reported fatally shooting his twin brother will not face charges, the Sedgwick County district attorney said.

Charles Lea was booked into Sedgwick County Jail on May 29 under suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Robert Lea. Wichita police have said the brothers fought over pets and food at their home, 654 N. Gordon, in the days leading up to the shooting.

But a final dispute left Robert Lea dead and his twin calling 911 around 7 p.m. that day, claiming he shot his brother in self defense.

In an e-mailed statement to The Eagle, Marc Bennett on Thursday said that “based on the facts concerning the shooting ... no charges were filed” against the surviving twin.

“Like in all cases, if additional information comes to light, the case can be re-examined,” he said.

The decision was made June 3, D.A. spokesman Dan Dillon said by e-mail.

Police have said Charles Lea fired only once at his brother, wounding him in the chest. Robert Lea was pronounced dead in the tree-shaded house that the brothers shared on North Gordon.

Police had responded to the house to handle disputes between the brothers twice during a three-year period; neighbors, however, told police they were quiet and got along.

Robert Lea’s was the sixth homicide of the year in Wichita.

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