A Sedgwick County jury is expected to begin hearing testimony Tuesday in the double-murder trial of a Wichita man suspected of taking part in the city’s first two homicides of 2013.
Jerone Brown, 20, is charged in the Jan. 2 shooting death of Shawn Rhone and the Jan. 3 death of Adju Tampone. Police said both victims were shot to death and that both cases involved drugs.
In a motion to consolidate the cases, prosecutors said Brown and three other men drove to the scene of Rhone’s killing in a 2003 gray Cadillac Deville that was taken from Tampone’s house after he was killed.
After taking the car, the motion said, one of Brown’s brothers uploaded a picture of the stolen car to his Facebook page with the caption, “New Lac.” That brother, Shawn Malek Brown, 21, is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 21. Both men are charged with two counts of first-degree murder, and both are being held on $1 million bond.
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A third brother, Milo Brown, 22, was sentenced last week to life in prison after he was convicted in Rhone’s murder. Milo Brown was not charged with taking part in Tampone’s killing.
Police said Rhone, 42, was shot at about 7 p.m. on Jan. 2 after being lured to a vacant house in the 1700 block of Northeast Parkway to sell some marijuana.
Police said Tampone, 29, was found shot to death in his home in the 700 block of South Rutan shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan 3. Prosecutors said Tampone was killed because of a drug debt he owed Shawn Brown.
The trial is being held in the courtroom of District Judge Ben Burgess.