A 61-year-old Derby man was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday, accused of killing an acquaintance Friday night.
Randal L. Keesling learned of the charge in Sedgwick County District Court, where District Judge Jeffrey Goering set his preliminary hearing for Dec. 14.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office has said Lehman’s preliminary cause of death is “multiple blunt force trauma.” But it hasn’t disclosed the motive for the killing.
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Keesling’s bond remains at $250,000. He said little during the brief hearing Wednesday other than “thank you” upon learning of the charge.
In a financial affidavit filed with the court seeking a public defender, Keesling wrote that he has been unemployed and has been on disability for the past three years. He was still in jail Wednesday.
A GoFundMe page set up for Lehman identifies her as Amber Vazquez and describes her as “a newlywed mom.” The account, which is seeking $10,000 to pay for her funeral and her family’s living expenses, had raised less than $1,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.
The GoFundMe page describes the fatal incident as “a tragic automobile accident.” But the criminal complaint filed Wednesday accuses Keesling of “unlawfully, intentionally, and with premeditation” killing Lehman.
“Amber was a wonderful and loving woman, wife, daughter, sister and mom,” a statement on the GoFundMe page said.
She left behind a husband and two young children.