Crime & Courts

Man charged with murder in crash that killed 91-year-old

Alex Davis, 18, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of 91-year-old James Dexter.
Alex Davis, 18, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of 91-year-old James Dexter. Courtesy photo

The man police say killed a 91-year-old man with a stolen car was charged Thursday with first-degree felony murder.

Alex Davis, who is being held in jail on $250,000 bond, was also charged in the alternative with second-degree murder, and with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, leaving the scene of an accident, burglary, theft, attempted aggravated robbery and driving with a suspended or canceled license, said Dan Dillon, spokesman for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay earlier this week said Davis, 18, was driving a stolen Volkswagen Jetta when an officer saw him run a stop sign at Payne and 23rd Street and started a pursuit. The Jetta struck a Ford Fusion driven by James Dexter, 91, at 21st and Arkansas. Dexter died at a Wichita hospital.

A 91-year-old man died Monday in an accident that involved a police chase with a stolen car, according to Wichita police. (Video by Gabriella Dunn 10-25-16)

Ramsay has said the fatal collision happened 14 seconds after the chase began.

Davis is due back in court on Nov. 8.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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