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Husband of woman found dead in dumpster now in Wichita jail

Police arrest man whose wife's body was found in dumpster behind liquor store

Police arrest a man in Davenport, Iowa after his wife's body was found in a dumpster behind a Wichita liquor store. The woman was identified as 37-year-old Leuh Moore.
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Police arrest a man in Davenport, Iowa after his wife's body was found in a dumpster behind a Wichita liquor store. The woman was identified as 37-year-old Leuh Moore.

The husband of a woman who was found dead in a liquor store dumpster is now in a Wichita jail after he was arrested in Iowa.

Donnell Casey Danterio Stafford, 30, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder, two counts of cruelty to animals, fugitive from justice and domestic violence, jail records show. He is being held on $650,000 bond.

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Donnell Stafford Scott County Sheriff's Office Courtesy Photo

Stafford was arrested Tuesday morning in Davenport, Iowa, after a state trooper checked a license plate that had been reported stolen out of Wichita.

Wichita police were first called to The Cave liquor store in the 1700 block of South Seneca at around 6 p.m. on Sunday, where Lt. Todd Ojile previously said a homeless man found a body while dumpster diving.

The dead woman did not have any identification, and investigators used fingerprints to identify her as Leuh Moore, 37, of Wichita, police said. She had blunt force trauma injuries.

When police on Monday went to her home in the 1100 block of West Dayton, near Seneca and Kellogg and about a mile from the liquor store, they found two pit bulls with stab wounds. They were taken to an emergency veterinarian.

The woman was killed and her body left in the dumpster early Sunday morning, Ojile said. Her 7-year-old son was home during the attack, Ojile said, but Stafford dropped him off at a relative's house before fleeing Wichita.

Moore and her husband had a history of domestic violence, Ojile said, but it is not known what led to her death.

Lab investigators worked into Tuesday morning processing the scene at the house and a felony warrant was issued for Stafford, Ojile said. Her vehicle was reported stolen.

It was a few hours later that Stafford was arrested at an Iowa hotel after the trooper found the stolen vehicle.

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