Crime & Courts

January 21, 2014

Jury selection begins in double-murder trial

Testimony is expected to begin Wednesday in the double-murder trial of a Wichita man charged with taking part in the city’s first two homicides of 2013.

Testimony is expected to begin Wednesday in the double-murder trial of a Wichita man charged with taking part in the city’s first two homicides of 2013.

Shawn Malik Brown, 21, is charged in the January 2013 shooting deaths of Shawn Rhone, 42, and Adji Tampone, 29.

Brown’s brother, Jerone Hakien Brown, 20, was convicted last week of two counts of first-degree murder in the killings.

A third brother, Milo Jamar Brown, 22, was sentenced Jan. 2 to life in prison after he was convicted in Rhone’s murder. Milo Brown was not charged with taking part in Tampone’s killing.

Shawn Brown’s trial is being held in the courtroom of District Judge Ben Burgess, the same courtroom where the other Brown brothers were convicted.

Tampone 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 to Shawn Brown.

Rhone was shot 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. Witnesses at Jerone Brown’s trial said the three brothers drove to the scene of Rhone’s killing in a 2003 Cadillac DeVille that was taken from Tampone’s house after he was killed.

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