Hearing Set For Suspect In National Guard Amory Murder

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A preliminary hearing has been set for the man charged in a Junction City shooting that left one person dead and another injured.

Sterling Hickman, 33, appeared in Geary County District Court Tuesday for a status hearing.

He’s charged with First 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. 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 preliminary hearing has been set for September 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM. His attorney asked for his bond to be reduced from $250,000 to $100,00, adding that Hickman was recently honorably discharged from the Army and has a place to stay so he his not a flight risk. The judge denied the request for a bond reduction, stating that it is appropriately set for what is alleged in the court complaint against Hickman.

Jamaica Chism remains in the hospital.

Joe Payne, Antonio Maxwell’s Brother, told WIBW: “My biggest goal right now is focusing on his little girl and his wife, making sure they’re good and stable. We can never get back the time that we lost with our loved one but we’ll always cherish the moments that we had together. He was a very loyal person and family man and it’s just sad that he had to lose his life the way he did.”

Officials have not released what sparked the deadly altercation.


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