Woman Expected To Testify Against Husband In Topeka Murder Case

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Prosecutors say a woman is cooperating with them as they build a case against her husband for a Topeka murder.

Both were convicted and sentenced for crimes stemming from a shoot out with authorities in Nebraska hours after fleeing Topeka.

Shawnee County jail records show Michael Dean Engstrom was booked in just after 2:30 p.m. Thursday. He's being held on $1 million bond.

Engstrom is accused of killing Ricky Mitchell and wounding a woman at an apartment complex near 12th and Topeka Boulevard in February of last year.Topeka police say Engstrom, his wife Jamie and a 14 year old juvenile then fled to Nebraska.

The next morning, authorities say he robbed a Casey's General Store in Pawnee City, Nebraska which led to a high-speed chase, gunfight and his capture. A Nebraska judge sentenced Michael Engstrom to more than 80 years in prison for those crimes.

In Shawnee County Court Friday morning, a judge set a docket hearing for April 3 on charges of 1st degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery charges related to the shooting that killed Mitchell.

Jamie Engstrom pleaded to a count of felony child abuse for the Nebraska incidents. She was sentenced in August to five years in prison and returned to Shawnee County in October.

She faces the same charges as her husband in Shawnee County. Her trial was scheduled to begin April 14th, but is delayed until July 28th. Prosecutors say she will give a formal statement against her husband as she negotiates a plea.

Posted by Melissa Brunner