A Sedgwick County jury on Tuesday found Jason A. Jones guilty of first-degree murder in the meth-injection death of Shawn Lindsey.
The jury will return Wednesday for a second phase of the trial, in which prosecutors are seeking the Hard 50 sentence, where a person has to serve 50 years before becoming eligible for parole.
The jury’s job will be to determine whether aggravating factors against Jones outweigh mitigating factors for him. Once the jury determines that, District Judge Bruce Brown would have final say on the sentence.
Jones, 38, is one of multiple defendants in the case. Dang Sean, 33, and Jones’ brother Justin, 38, have yet to stand trial.
The jury Tuesday also found Jones guilty of aggravated kidnapping.
Lindsey’s body was found near K-96 and Hillside on Jan. 16, 2013.
The 34-year-old Lindsey was bound and tortured by a group of men at a west Wichita auto shop before he was injected with a lethal dose of meth, authorities have alleged. According to a prosecutor, it was all done because Lindsey owed money to Sean, the owner of the shop.
“They taunted him, they tortured him, and they shot him with BB pellets for their own amusement,” Assistant Sedgwick County District Attorney Tyler Roush said in his opening statement last week.
Defense lawyer Carl Maughn had said his client was at the shop on the day Lindsey was being tortured, but was not a participant.