Crime & Courts

Affidavit: Man went to home where couple were killed to collect money

A photo of Godofredo and Martha Moreno are among the candles and flowers left at a memorial in front of their home on South Ida where they were found dead. (Oct. 20, 2014)
A photo of Godofredo and Martha Moreno are among the candles and flowers left at a memorial in front of their home on South Ida where they were found dead. (Oct. 20, 2014) File photo

A probable cause affidavit released Friday says the men accused of killing a Wichita couple in October went to their home because one of the men claimed their son owed him money.

The affidavit, ordered released by a Sedgwick County judge on Friday, says Wichita police officers arrived at Godofredo and Martha Moreno’s home Oct. 16 and talked to the couple’s son, who said he had found his parents, ages 72 and 71, stabbed inside. He told police a 2005 Kia Sorento and a cellphone were missing.

Police had said previously they thought one of the suspects knew the Morenos’ son.

“Officers entered the house and located a male and female on the floor in a bedroom on the main floor,” the affidavit says. “The officers saw injuries to both people that appeared to be penetrating injuries with blood around them.”

Police later located the Sorento on fire near 111th Street South and West Street.

Carlos Delacadena-Edwards, a 17-year-old charged as a juvenile with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated robbery in the case, “admitted he went to the residence with Steven Edwards to commit a robbery,” the affidavit says.

Edwards, 20, had told him that a man owed him money, and they were going to that man’s house to collect money or a vehicle, the affidavit says. Edwards faces numerous charges in the case, including capital murder.

“Prior to entering the house, (Edwards) said he was going to lay the people down and shoot them,” according to the affidavit.

When they got to the house, Edwards knocked on the front door, the affidavit says.

“The female victim answered and said Paul was not home,” the affidavit says. Edwards “pushed a handgun into the woman’s face and told her to go inside the house. He led the woman by gunpoint to a bedroom where her husband was located. The man and woman were held at gunpoint while (Edwards) made demands for money and the family’s vehicle. (Edwards) then shot the man and woman.”

Delacadena-Edwards “entered the house with a BB gun in his waist band and waited in the living room during the incident,” the affidavit says.

Edwards came out of the couple’s bedroom with a set of keys and left in the Kia, the affidavit says. Delacadena-Edwards “claimed he walked home. The next morning (Edwards) showed (Delacadena-Edwards) a blue Cricket phone he had taken from the house and asked if (he) knew anyone who would buy it.”

Detectives spoke to another witness who said he received a phone call from Edwards wanting to trade vehicles, according to the affidavit. That witness said he met with Edwards at a QuikTrip and exchanged a stolen Honda Prelude for a silver SUV, the affidavit says. Police used QuikTrip surveillance video in the case, court documents say.

Edwards later called and asked for the SUV back because the Prelude “wasn’t working,” the affidavit says. The witness parked the SUV, left the keys inside and told Edwards where it was located, the affidavit says.

“During a later phone call, (Edwards) talked about the old couple and said he had ‘peeled them back,’” according to the affidavit. “(The witness) said this meant (Edwards) shot them.”

Reach Deb Gruver at 316-268-6400 or dgruver@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SGCountyDeb.

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