Crime & Courts

Sedgwick County DA drops murder charges in fatal 2014 shooting

Deonsha Paige
Deonsha Paige Courtesy of Kansas Department of Corrections

Prosecutors have dropped a murder case filed against a Wichita man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend during a family gathering in December 2014.

Court records show the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office requested and was granted a dismissal of its case against Deonsha Paige on Monday — the same day the 20-year-old’s trial was scheduled to begin.

Paige was to face a jury on charges of second-degree reckless murder and criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the Dec. 21, 2014, death of 19-year-old Therreshia Pittman, who was shot in the street at 10th and Harding.

But problems with witnesses who were set to testify prompted prosecutors to dismiss the case, district attorney spokesman Dan Dillon said in response to questions Tuesday.

Court records show the case was dismissed “without prejudice,” meaning the DA’s office has the option to refile the case in the future. Dillon said as of Tuesday there were no plans to do so.

Paige’s defense attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Paige, who was ordered released in connection with the murder case, remains in Sedgwick County Jail on a total of $200,000 bond on a pair of probation violation warrants, according to online jail records. He is due in court on those allegations Thursday morning.

Police have said Pittman was shot as she and others were trying to pull Paige out of the street and persuade him to return inside a house at 1100 N. Harding. Paige, who was at the address for a family gathering, was reportedly upset over the death of an infant nephew.

Police have said Paige’s gun discharged as his arm was being tugged on. The round struck Pittman in the chest.

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