Prosecutors rest case in murder trial over throat-cutting
02/03/2014 2:57 PM
08/08/2014 10:21 AM
Prosecutors rested their case Monday in the first-degree murder trial of a suspect in the Aug. 4, 2012, death of a man whose throat was slashed in his home at 830 S. Erie.
The defendant, Jerry Thach, 24, is charged with holding the victim’s feet down as a co-defendant, Caesar Louis, 25, cut the victim’s throat with a large hunting knife.
Louis was sentenced to more than 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.
Wichita police said the victim, Pheng Xiong, 35, was killed because he had made comments that the suspects, who were members of a street gang, thought were disrespectful.
Defense lawyer Alice Osburn said she planned to present no evidence.
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