Crime & Courts

Jury selection to begin in double-murder trial

Carlos DeLaCadena-Edwards faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated robbery in the shooting deaths of Godofredo Moreno-Lopez and Martha Lopez Moreno at their home on South Ida.
Carlos DeLaCadena-Edwards faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated robbery in the shooting deaths of Godofredo Moreno-Lopez and Martha Lopez Moreno at their home on South Ida. Courtesy of Sedgwick County Jail

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for a Wichita man accused of taking part in a fatal double shooting in south Wichita in 2014.

Carlos DeLaCadena-Edwards, 19, will be tried on two counts of first-degree felony murder and one count of aggravated robbery in connection with the deaths of Martha Lopez Moreno and Godofredo Moreno-Lopez on Oct. 16, 2014.

Prosecutors say DeLaCadena-Edwards went to the Morenos’ home in the 600 block of South Ida with Steven Wade Edwards II to collect a debt allegedly owed by the couple’s son and stood guard with a BB gun while Edwards shot them. Prosecutors say DeLaCadena-Edwards also had a hand in stealing property from the couple, including a cellphone and a 2005 Kia Sorento.

The Morenos were in their 70s.

DeLaCadena-Edwards was 17 at the time of the shootings but is facing charges as an adult. He is being held in Sedgwick County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond pending the adjudication of his criminal case.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Bruce Brown will preside over DeLaCadena-Edwards’ trial, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

Edwards, who was originally charged with capital murder and other offenses, pleaded guilty to amended counts last week. The 21-year-old faces a life sentence without parole eligibility for 25 years on each of two counts of first-degree felony murder, up to 247 months of imprisonment for aggravated robbery and up to 34 months of imprisonment for aggravated burglary when he is sentenced on June 21.

If convicted, DeLaCadena-Edwards could face similar sentences.

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

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