GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A trial date has been set for the man charged in a Junction City shooting that left one person dead and another injured.
Sterling Hickman, 33, was arraigned Friday in Geary County District Court and entered pleas of not guilty to charges of Second Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery and Criminal Use of a Weapon (Carrying a Concealed Weapon).
He’s charged in a shooting outside of the National Guard Amory.
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 after receiving 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. She was airlifted to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka for treatment of her injuries.
Officials say one gunshot is to blame for killing Antonio Maxwell and seriously wounded 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.
His jury trial has been set for June 25-27, 2013. Hickman is out of jail on bond as he awaits trial.
Geary County District Attorney Steve Opat informed the court that he will conduct an Inquisition before Hickman's trial so that he can question witnesses. Opat and Chief Brown previously alluded to the fact that there were plenty of people in the parking lot at the time of the shooting but many of the witnesses have been uncooperative or claim they didn't see anything.
Jamaica Chism, meanwhile, has since recovered from her injuries.