Crime & Courts

Man pleads guilty to murder in Wichita couple’s 2014 deaths

Wichita police detectives work outside of a home on South Ida where an elderly couple was found dead in their home. (Oct. 16, 2014)
Wichita police detectives work outside of a home on South Ida where an elderly couple was found dead in their home. (Oct. 16, 2014) File photo

The man charged in the killings of a couple in their south Wichita home in 2014 has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree felony murder and other crimes. Steven Wade Edwards II will be sentenced June 21 before Sedgwick County District Court Judge Jeffrey Goering, according to court records and Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett.

Edwards, 21, is accused of shooting Martha Lopez Moreno and Godofredo Moreno-Lopez on Oct. 16, 2014, in a bedroom of the couple’s home at in the 600 block of South Ida after going there to collect a debt allegedly owed by their son. The son found them dead that morning, authorities have said. The couple were in their 70s.

Prosecutors originally charged Edwards with capital murder, aggravated burglary, burglary, felony theft and criminal possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty to amended charges Monday, nearly a month before he was scheduled to be tried before a jury.

Edwards faces a life sentence without parole eligibility for 25 years on each of the murder counts, up to 247 months of imprisonment for aggravated robbery and up to 34 months of imprisonment for aggravated burglary, Bennett said. The judge could order the terms be served consecutively or concurrently.

Co-defendant Carlos Delacadena-Edwards is scheduled for a jury trial next week on two counts of first-degree felony murder and one count of aggravated robbery. He was 17 at the time of the killings but is being tried as an adult.

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

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