Crime & Courts

Police say fight led to stabbing

A fight — probably over a domino game — led to the fatal stabbing of a 41-year-old Wichita man around Christmas Eve, police said Monday.

Police Lt. Ken Landwehr on Monday identified the victim as Christopher K. Rackham.

A 50-year-old man who had been living with Rackham and two others, in a fourplex in the 2900 block of East Harry, has been arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree reckless murder, Landwehr said.

The suspect was being held on a $200,000 bond.

Rackham suffered a fatal stab wound to his torso sometime early Dec. 24 or late the night before, Landwehr said.

A female roommate found Rackham dead in the bathroom of their apartment the morning of Christmas Eve, a police report said.

Police found signs of a disturbance in the apartment.

Investigators think alcohol was involved in the homicide; the roommates frequently drank and argued, Landwehr said.

The night before Rackham's body was found, neighbors heard a disturbance but didn't report it, he said.

Police arrested the suspect after he was found hiding in an abandoned game shack at the Joyland amusement park on South Hillside, he said.

According to records, Rackham was discharged from Kansas Department of Corrections in September. He had been in and out of jail or prison since 1990. His most recent conviction was for a 2007 aggravated battery in Sedgwick County, records show.

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