TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — The gunman who fatally shot a Hi-Crest resident in February pulled down the mask on his face revealing the lower half of his face, then pulled it up again, a witness testified Thursday.
The testimony surfaced during the preliminary hearing Thursday of defendant Dion Jha’Dantaye Troupe, 19, in Shawnee County District Court.
Troupe is charged with felony first-degree murder in the death of Tyrone A. Baggett, 31, on Feb. 16, aggravated burglary, making a criminal threat, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, and three counts of aggravated robbery.
When the preliminary hearing resumes on July 19, two law enforcement officers will be called to testify. Then Shawnee County District Court Judge Mark Braun will decide whether to bind over Troupe to stand trial. It’s expected the remaining witnesses will require 90 minutes.
Ashley Grimes, 33, the victim’s girlfriend, testified she and Baggett lived in a three-bedroom house at 3500 S.E. Girard. The two were at home on when she heard knocking at the front door.
Grimes answered the door, and four men, one armed with a semiautomatic pistol and all wearing masks, shoved their way into the house.
Baggett, who wore a holstered .38-caliber revolver, was playing a video game in a bedroom when the four broke in.
One of the four watched Grimes while the other three entered the bedroom Baggett was in.
“What are you reaching for?” one intruder said several times, according to Grimes.
“Hold up!” Baggett said several times.
Then a gunshot was fired, wounding Baggett, Grimes said. The gunman told the other intruders, “Take anything you think is worth money.”
At one point, the gunman pulled down his mask, then pulled it up again, Grimes said. The intruders took Baggett’s revolver, a laptop, jacket and a speaker.
Several co-defendants testified they rode to the Baggett home but didn’t know a holdup was anticipated. Co-defendant Erion Dijon Kirtdoll told three other men in the car he wanted to collect some property of his that was at that location, witnesses said.
Kirtdoll, who is charged with first-degree murder, two aggravated robberies, one count each of aggravated burglary and criminal possession of a weapon by a felon, is to be tried on Aug. 20.
Eli Anthony Raymond Perry, 19, testified that Kirtdoll shot Baggett based on his own plan and not based on the planning of the others in the car.
Perry, a co-defendant, waived his Fifth Amendment right to not testify in hopes he will get a reduced sentence in his case. Perry is charged with first-degree murder, two aggravated robberies, and one count of aggravated burglary, is to be tried on Oct. 22.
Co-defendants Wisdom Curls, 17, and Leilani Hekekia-Dixon, who was 17 when Baggett was slain, also waived their Fifth Amendment rights with the hope each will be sentenced as juveniles which would greatly reduce their sentences compared to sentencing as adults.
Hekekia-Dixon and Curls are charged with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery.
Kirtdoll, 24, is charged with felony first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, and one count each of aggravated burglary and criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He will be tried on Aug. 20.
Besides the S.E. Girard address, Daylight Donuts, 4201 S.W. 21st, was robbed by four masked men, one armed with a pistol. The doughnut holdup occurred shortly before Baggett was killed.