Crime & Courts

Man convicted of first-degree murder in 2013 shooting

After a weeklong trial, a Sedgwick County jury convicted a Wichita man of first-degree felony murder in the death of an Arkansas man who was fatally shot during a robbery at a rental house on North Holyoke in 2013.
After a weeklong trial, a Sedgwick County jury convicted a Wichita man of first-degree felony murder in the death of an Arkansas man who was fatally shot during a robbery at a rental house on North Holyoke in 2013. File photo

After a weeklong trial, a Sedgwick County jury convicted a Wichita man of first-degree felony murder in the death of an Arkansas man who was fatally shot during a robbery at a rental house on North Holyoke in 2013.

Corey L. Pollard Jr., 22, will be sentenced Jan. 22 by District Judge David Kaufman, said Dan Dillon, spokesman for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office. He faces life in prison without parole eligibility for 20 years on the murder count.

Pollard is one of four men implicated in the Nov. 13, 2013, killing of 27-year-old Paul Danny Khmabounheuang during a shootout at 1452 N. Holyoke. Police at the time said gunfire erupted after the foursome, who was allowed into the home, tried to steal drugs or money, or both.

Khmabounheuang was in Wichita visiting a relative when he was killed, police have said; drugs were found inside the house by officers investigating the shooting.

Pollard and the others were charged with murder, aggravated robbery and attempted distribution of a controlled substance, court records show.

The jury delivered its verdict against Pollard on Tuesday; his trial began Dec. 8.

Dillon said by e-mail that in addition to the murder conviction, the 22-year-old was found guilty aggravated robbery. “The third charge of attempting to distribute a controlled substance was dismissed at the end of the trial, before closing arguments,” he said.

Of the other men charged in Khmabounheuang’s killing:

▪ Orville Smith, 20, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, robbery and attempted distribution of a controlled substance in July. He is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 13 and faces 31 to 137 months in prison on each of the robbery and manslaughter counts and 8 to 45 months incarceration on the drug charge, according to court records.

▪ Dijon Thomas, 21, faces sentencing Jan. 22 on one count of involuntary manslaughter. He pleaded guilty in September and faces 31 to 136 months in prison, according to court records.

▪ Dallas Guy, 21, is scheduled for jury trial Feb. 17. He will be tried on counts of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and attempted distribution of a controlled substance, court records show.

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

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