Crime & Courts

16-year-old charged with second-degree murder in Christmas Eve stabbing

Steven D. Manuel, 32, was fatally stabbed Christmas Eve at this house near Maple and West Street. A 16-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder in his death.
Steven D. Manuel, 32, was fatally stabbed Christmas Eve at this house near Maple and West Street. A 16-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder in his death. File photo

A teen arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 32-year-old Wichita man on Christmas Eve was charged Tuesday with intentional second-degree murder, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

District attorney’s office spokesman Dan Dillon said the boy, 16, appeared at 11 a.m. Tuesday before Juvenile District Court Judge Robb Rumsey for his detention hearing, where he was formally charged in the death of Steven D. Manuel.

The teen is due back in court Jan. 22 for an initial appearance, which is similar to a preliminary hearing, Dillon said. He is being held in the Juvenile Detention Facility, he said.

The Eagle is not naming the boy because he is not facing charges as an adult.

Manuel was pronounced dead at a local hospital early on Christmas Day after he was stabbed multiple times on his chest and back during an altercation at his home in the 400 block of South Knight, near Maple and West Street. Manuel sought help at a neighbor’s home at around 11:30 p.m.; the teen followed and asked the neighbor to call 911.

The teen told the neighbor that he had defended himself against Manuel, the neighbor told The Eagle last week.

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

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