Crime & Courts

Another plea in 2015 stabbing of man whose body was found in SUV

Aubrey D. Cole pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and obstruction of apprehension or prosecution in connection with 42-year-old Moises Arias-Aranda’s stabbing death in 2015.
Aubrey D. Cole pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and obstruction of apprehension or prosecution in connection with 42-year-old Moises Arias-Aranda’s stabbing death in 2015. Courtesy photo

The fourth of five people accused of crimes in a 2015 killing has pleaded guilty, according to Sedgwick County District Court records.

Aubrey Cole, 27, will be sentenced Oct. 18 on counts of aggravated battery and obstruction of apprehension or prosecution. He is among a group of people who prosecutors say had a role in the kidnapping and stabbing death of 42-year-old Moises Arias-Aranda on Dec. 23, 2015.

Arias-Aranda was beaten, strangled, stabbed 36 times in the back and bound with electrical cords after being lured to a house in the 100 block of West 24th Street North in Wichita. His body was discovered in an abandoned SUV near Park City the next day.

A woman told authorities she wanted Arias-Aranda beaten up in retaliation for a sexual assault. But the alleged rape never happened, according to statements given in court last year.

Of the other people accused in the killing:

▪ Diego Olivas, 31, is serving a 226-month sentence for second-degree murder and kidnapping

▪ Amelia Wilson-Romos, 23, is awaiting an October jury trial on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping

▪ Gabriel Lara, 22, will be sentenced Sept. 27 for involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping

▪ Jose Antonio Rojas, 30, is on probation after being convicted of aggravated battery and aggravated assault

Cole entered his plea Aug. 31, court records show. He had been scheduled for a jury trial this week.

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

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