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Prosecutor says 2012 homicide occurred during robbery

Three men went to a North Broadway apartment on July 9, 2012, with the intent of robbing a drug dealer of several thousand dollars, a prosecutor told a Sedgwick County jury Tuesday.

Assistant District Attorney Kristi Barton Edwards said the hold-up was planned by Mathew McDaniel, who is standing trial this week for first-degree murder.

Edwards said McDaniel, 23, shot Ronald Wilson, 34, twice in the head before taking cash and a cellphone from Wilson’s pocket. Edwards said McDaniel told two acquaintances who accompanied him that they could make $4,000 to $30,000 in the robbery. The jury was not told how much cash was taken.

Defense lawyer Steve Mank told the jury in his opening statement that McDaniel was in Wilson’s apartment at 916 N. Broadway when Wilson was shot by another man who claimed Wilson had stolen drugs from him.

The trial is being held in the courtroom of District Judge William Woolley.

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