Witness Testifies Murder Defendant Only One Armed In Dog Killing

Anceo Stovall and defense attorney Jonathan Phelps
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A witness in a Shawnee County court trial for a man accused of first-degree murder provides details linking the defendant Anceo Stovall to several crimes committed last summer.

The Capital-Journal reports co-defendant Bayate Covington testified against 26-year-old Stovall Tuesday, saying Stovall was the only one armed with a .45-caliber pistol in an attempted burglary where an Akita dog was shot to death.

That burglary happened just weeks before Natalie Gibson was shot and killed in her driveway on Southwest Quinton in another botched burglary.

Prosecutors say nine co-defendants, including Bayata Covington, conspired to rob the home Gibson shared with her partner Lori Allison. The two were shot when they returned home in the early morning hours of July 21, from celebrating Gibson's 40th birthday. Allison survived.

Covington's testimony is significant because police witnesses had told the court that shell casings found at both crime scenes came from the same firearm.