Junction City Murder Suspect Waives Hearing

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The man charged in a Junction City shooting that left one person dead and another injured was back in court Thursday.

Sterling Hickman, 33, appeared in Geary County District Court and waived his preliminary hearing which was scheduled for the afternoon of December 13, 2012.

Hickman is charged with Second Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery in connection with a shooting outside of the National Guard Amory on August 18th, 2012.

On August 18th just before 4 AM, Junction City Police were called to the National Guard Armory located at 500 Airport Road in Junction City in connection with a report that two people had been shot. Upon arrival, officers found a man and a woman injured. The facility had been rented out from 12 AM- 3 AM that morning for a car show and officials say the crowd moved out to the parking lot afterwards.

Police believe the deadly shooting was the result of a fight that started inside the National Guard Armory and carried out in the parking lot.

During the scuffle, Antonio Maxwell, 25, was fatally shot in the neck and later died at the hospital. Jamaica Chism, 30, was standing nearby and was struck in the stomach but survived the deadly altercation.

Officials say one gunshot is to blame for killing Antonio Maxwell and seriously wounding Jamaica Chism.

“The evidence indicated that there was probably one shot fired in which Mr. Maxwell was struck with the shot and then it went through him and hit Ms. Chism,” Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown told WIBW after the shooting.

Hickman turned himself into police the same day around noon and was taken into custody.

He is now out of jail on bond. His arraignment is set for January 25, 2013. Even though he waived his preliminary hearing Thursday, the judge said there was still sufficient evidence from court documents that have been filed in the case to bind him over for arraignment.

Hickman was granted permission by the court to attend training for the Army Reserves this month in Missouri. Hickman's attorney says he is with the Reserves at Fort Riley.

Officials have not released what sparked the deadly altercation at the Amory.

Jamaica Chism is out of the hospital and has recovered from her wounds, according to police.

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