Crime & Courts

No charges in July homicide; man fired in self-defense, DA says

Bill Massey Jr. was among a group of people who went to a house in the 1600 block of North Lorraine to retrieve property belonging to a woman who had ended her relationship with one of the home’s occupants earlier in the day, Wichita police have said.
Bill Massey Jr. was among a group of people who went to a house in the 1600 block of North Lorraine to retrieve property belonging to a woman who had ended her relationship with one of the home’s occupants earlier in the day, Wichita police have said. File photo

The person who killed a Wichita man accused of threatening a woman’s ex-boyfriend with a gun on North Lorraine last month won’t face criminal charges.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said the shooter, a roommate of the ex-boyfriend’s, fired in self-defense at 42-year-old Bill Massey Jr. after Massey turned toward him, weapon in hand.

Massey was among a group of people who went to a house in the 1600 block of North Lorraine at about 9:30 p.m. on July 24 to retrieve property belonging to the woman, who had ended her relationship earlier in the day, Wichita police have said.

Once inside, Massey pulled a gun and pointed it at the ex-boyfriend, police said last month.

Bennett said there is evidence Massey also turned the gun in the direction of the roommate, who was in the home’s living room, after threatening the ex-boyfriend.

“There appears to be a viable self-defense claim in this case, and there is insufficient evidence to overcome that,” Bennett said.

“Under Kansas law, people have an immunity from prosecution if they were acting in self-defense” when harming or killing a person, he said.

Authorities found Massey lying in the home’s driveway with several gunshot wounds; he was pronounced dead at Wesley Medical Center. The shooter fled after firing the gun but later called law enforcement, was questioned and was released.

Bennett said he decided not to file charges Aug. 20 after discussing the case with Wichita police.

The shooting was Wichita’s 15th homicide of the year.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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