Crime & Courts

Wichita woman guilty of murder for running over friend with SUV

Lydia Treto, 31, died after she was struck by an SUV in this backyard at 2401 S. Pattie, near Pawnee and Hydraulic, on May 17, 2015.
Lydia Treto, 31, died after she was struck by an SUV in this backyard at 2401 S. Pattie, near Pawnee and Hydraulic, on May 17, 2015. File photo

A Sedgwick County jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours Friday afternoon before convicting a Wichita woman of killing her friend with an SUV last spring.

Tiplance Walker, 31, was found guilty of second-degree intentional murder in the May 17, 2015, death of 31-year-old Lydia Treto, and of two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment, said Dan Dillon, spokesman for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office. Her trial started Monday.

Walker stood accused of ramming her Ford Expedition into a chain-link fence at Treto’s home at 2401 S. Pattie following a drunken argument over boyfriends. Treto was in the backyard shaking a shoe and yelling profanity at Walker at the time, according to testimony at a hearing last year.

Authorities arrested Walker within two hours at her apartment in southeast Wichita’s Planeview neighborhood. In a police interview afterward, one of Walker’s sons who witnessed the collision described his mother as angry when she drove forward and said she told him Treto was jealous and to keep quiet if questioned, according to court documents.

Walker’s 10-year-old and 4-month-old sons were in the Expedition with her at the time of the collision, leading to the two child endangerment convictions.

A third count of child endangerment — charged because one of Treto’s children was near the driveway when her mother was killed — was dismissed by prosecutors during this week’s trial, Dillon said.

Walker was bound over for trial on first-degree premeditated murder and the misdemeanors last July. She denied the charges.

Walker is scheduled for sentencing June 22 before District Judge Jeffrey Goering, Dillon said.

Goering presided over her trial.

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

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