Crime & Courts

Teen pleads guilty in fatal Christmas Eve stabbing

A man was fatally stabbed at this house near Maple and West Street on Christmas Eve 2014. A teen charged in the killing pleaded guilty this week to voluntary manslaughter.
A man was fatally stabbed at this house near Maple and West Street on Christmas Eve 2014. A teen charged in the killing pleaded guilty this week to voluntary manslaughter. File photo

A teen charged in the fatal Christmas Eve stabbing of a 32-year-old Wichita man last year pleaded guilty this week to voluntary manslaughter, said Dan Dillon, spokesman for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

He is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 22 in connection with the killing of Steven D. Manuel, who was pronounced dead at a Wichita hospital early on Christmas Day following an altercation at his home in the 400 block of South Knight, near Maple and West Street. Manuel, who sustained multiple stab wounds to his chest and back during the fight, sought help at a neighbor’s house at about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 2014.

The teen followed and asked the neighbor to call 911. At the time, he told the neighbor he had been defending himself against Manuel.

The Eagle is not naming the boy because he did not face charges as an adult. Originally he was charged with second-degree intentional murder.

He was 16 at the time of the stabbing, authorities have said.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Robb Rumsey will preside over the teen’s sentencing hearing, Dillon said. His plea came on the eve of a hearing scheduled to determine whether he should be charged as an adult, according to notations in his court file.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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