Wichita man charged with first-degree murder in radio station slaying

02/19/2014 3:35 PM

08/08/2014 10:22 AM

Prosecutors have charged a 31-year-old Wichita man with first-degree murder in the slaying of a radio station employee last week.

Antwon D. Banks Sr. made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court on Wednesday afternoon via a video link from Sedgwick County Jail, where he is being held on $750,000 bond in the killing of 25-year-old Daniel Flores, a Steckline Communications computer and audio equipment operator.

Banks said “yes” when Judge Joe Kisner asked whether he understood the murder charge, described as intentional and premeditated in the criminal complaint filed against him. He appeared calm during the brief hearing.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 5.

Police think Flores died sometime after 8 p.m. Feb. 9 from blunt force injuries. He had worked for the communications company, 1632 S. Maize Road, for about a year.

Authorities have not said what motivated the killing. No weapon was listed in the charging document.

Banks was arrested during a traffic stop in the 3900 block of North Woodlawn on Feb. 12 – two days after Flores’ body was found by co-workers in the basement of Steckline Communications, which houses radio stations and the Mid America Ag Network. He was booked into jail Friday after recovering from a reportedly self-inflicted stab wound at a Wichita hospital.

A Wichita police report said the officer who made the Feb. 12 traffic stop found Banks with a knife stuck in his stomach and that Banks admitted to stabbing himself.

Police have said a Crime Stoppers tip prompted interviews that led to the arrest.

Lisa Bryce, who also works for Steckline Communications, told The Eagle last week she thinks she was Banks’ intended target. The 38-year-old office manager is his ex-girlfriend.

Banks listed Spirit AeroSystems as his employer on an application for court-appointed counsel. He has also been an assistant football coach at several area schools, including Campus High in Haysville.

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