Crime & Courts

Four charged in shooting death

Four people arrested in the April 29 shooting death of a man at a southeast Wichita apartment complex were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder.

Kevin Brown, 22, Quartez Brown, 19, Jalessa Bonner, 19, and Kiara Williams, 19, were charged in the death of Otis Bolden Jr., 21. Authorities said the Browns were related but did not elaborate.

Each defendant also was charged with one count of aggravated assault for allegedly threatening a 19-year-old woman who was at the apartment at the time of the shooting.

Wichita police said the shooting stemmed from an dispute between Bolden and the two female suspects.

The women were at the apartment the morning of the shooting, police said, and left before returning with the male suspects.

Police said the Browns then went into the apartment and shot Bolden in his bed. Bolden broke through a window of the ground-floor apartment and stumbled a few hundred feet before collapsing.

Although Bolden and the Browns were gang members, police said, gang rivalries did not play a role in the shooting.

False rumors that the shooting stemmed from a robbery or dispute between gangs prompted a drive-by shooting in the 1600 block of North Hydraulic about three hours after Bolden was shot. No one was hurt in that incident.

District Judge Ben Burgess set bond at $100,000 for Bonner and Williams, and he set bond at $500,000 for the Browns. All four were given court-appointed lawyers and ordered to return to court May 18 for a preliminary hearing.

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