TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- One of the four men accused of first-degree murder stemming from a 2018 homicide pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, the Shawnee Co. District Attorney's Office.
On Thursday, Erion Kirtdoll entered guilty pleas for second-degree murder and aggravated robbery and he is expected to receive a sentence of more than 46 years, Shawnee Co. District Attorney Mike Kagay explained. The sentencing hearing is set for March.
Kirtdoll and three others are accused of killing Tyrone Baggett on February 16, 2018, after forcing their way, along with two other men, into his home. in the middle of the night. Baggett was shot once and died at a local hospital.
About 45 minutes prior to the shooting, in an unrelated incident, Kirtdoll was involved in an armed robbery at the Daylight Donuts, at 4201 SW 21st Street. An employee told investigators four men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, went into the store and demanded money.
Dion Troupe, Eli Perry, and two juveniles, Wisdom Curls and Leilani Hekekia-Dixon, are all accused of murder in Baggett's death as well. Charges against them are pending, Kagay said.
According to testimony during the preliminary hearing of Kirtdoll and Perry on May 2, the two men didn’t fire the gun that fatally wounded Baggett on Feb. 16.
During the Girard break-in, three intruders found Baggett in a back bedroom, while a fourth man watched a female resident in the living room. Baggett was wearing a holster and a .38-caliber revolver, and Kirtdoll saw him reach for the revolver, a Topeka police detective testified that Kirtdoll told him.
Kirtdoll froze, other intruders urged him to shoot Baggett, and one of the three, Dion Jha’Dantaya Troupe, took the semiautomatic from Kirtdoll and fired the shot striking Baggett, the detective testified Kirtdoll told him.