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Husband, wife charged in murder of man buried in Oaklawn

WICHITA — A Wichita husband and wife are charged with murder in the killing of a man found buried in a back yard earlier this week.

Michael Williams, 37, and Deborah Weiss, 48, are each charged with one-count of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Williams and Weiss killed Sean "Chris" Putnam between Dec. 21 and 22.

Both are being held in the Sedgwick County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Judge Warren Wilbert set a preliminary hearing for Feb. 22 and signed the public defenders office to represent them.

An autopsy revealed that Putnam died from a gunshot wound to the head, Wichita police said Friday.

Putnam, 41, was found Thursday in a shallow grave behind a shed in the backyard of a house in Oaklawn. Two suspects, a 48-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man, are being held in connection with Putnam's death.

Putnam was last seen by police on Dec. 21 at a house on South Waco, when officers were called to the address because of an argument between Putnam and the male suspect, Lt. Ken Landwehr said.

Putnam lived there with the two suspects, he said. Police think he was killed at the house later that same month.

Witnesses told police the argument that brought police to the house on Waco was over drugs and money, Landwehr said, but officers found no evidence of that at the house.

Investigators plan to present evidence in the case today to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office.

Charges are also possible against a 45-year-old man who helped bury Putnam's body behind his mother's house, Landwehr said.

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