Attempted murder charge filed in hammer attack

A man who nearly killed a woman early this week by repeatedly striking her in the head with a hammer was charged today with attempted first-degree murder.

Gideon K. Maiyo, 29 is accused of beating Elizabeth Kogo, 29, in an apartment in the 8100 block of East Harry on Sunday night.

She was taken by ambulance to Wesley Medical Center, where she remained in critical condition today.

Police said Maiyo left the apartment after the beating but was arrested after crashing his vehicle on the Kansas Turnpike.

Police said Maiyo and Kogo are Kenyan nationals who have been in Wichita since 2008.