Crime & Courts

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after neighbor climbs through window, finds body

Dewayne Austin Cope
Dewayne Austin Cope Courtesy Photo

A man was arrested on suspicion of murder almost two weeks after a neighbor found a body when he climbed through a window in south Wichita.

Records show Dewayne Austin Cope, 30, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail at 2:45 a.m. on Saturday on suspicion of first degree murder, fugitive from justice and three counts of probation violation. He is being held on $560,000 bond.

Wichita police reports show the arrest is in connection to a homicide earlier this month.

Officers were first called to a home in the 3800 block of South Meridian on April 17, police previously said, where a man climbed through his neighbor's window and found a man's body on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds.

The man was identified as Trenton Custer, 39, of Wichita.

Police said they thought he had been shot at least three days earlier. Custer lived with two or three other people who investigators were trying to contact, police said.

The Kansas Department of Corrections lists multiple convictions for Cope on drug and forgery charges since 2009. He is also listed as an absconder.