1 of 3 suspects in deadly Topeka shooting enters guilty plea

October 31, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — One of three people charged in a fatal shooting outside a fast food restaurant in Topeka has pleaded guilty.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 17-year-old Shayden Byrd admitted Monday to first-degree murder and two other charges in the death of 18-year-old Justice Mitchell.

Mitchell was found suffering from two gunshot wounds June 26 in the parking lot a Church’s Chicken. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Police say another suspect is accused of shooting Mitchell during a botched effort to rob him of drugs and cash. Byrd is accused of plotting the robbery with the suspected gunman.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 5. The plea calls for him to be housed in a juvenile correctional facility until he is 22 ½ years old.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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