Crime & Courts

Fight breaks out during Easter meal preparations, Wichita police say. Now a man is dead.

Two couples’ efforts to cook an Easter meal together ended with a deadly stabbing Sunday morning at a Wichita home in the 3400 block of East Munger.

Wichita police said the couples lived together and were preparing food when 53-year-old Keith Kevell Thurman and 62-year-old Albert Thomas of Wichita got into a verbal fight at about 3 a.m. The argument spilled outside of the home and turned physical at some point, Wichita police Capt. Brent Allred said.

Thurman allegedly stabbed Thomas several times. Police responding to a 911 call at the home found Thomas dead outside, Allred said. The address is near Pawnee and Hillside.

Officers found Thurman and his 57-year-old girlfriend at Via Christi St. Joseph Hospital getting treatment for wounds. Allred said the girlfriend was stabbed in the arm when she tried to break up the men’s argument.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the men were bickering about, he said. Thurman was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail at 1:54 p.m. Sunday, according to jail records. He’s being held on suspicion of second degree intentional murder.

The stabbing is Wichita’s ninth homicide of the year, Allred said. By this time last year, the city had 13 homicides.

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Amy Renee Leiker has been reporting for The Wichita Eagle since 2010. She covers crime, courts and breaking news and updates the newspaper’s online databases. You can reach her at 316-268-6644. She’s an avid reader and mom of three in her non-work time.