Trial set for home-invasion killing

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — One of two men bound over in the shooting death of a man during a home invasion of a Hi Crest house shop will be tried on Aug. 20, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

During his arraignment, defendant Erion Dijon Kirtdoll asked the judge to read the five charges, including felony first-dcegree murder in the death of Tyrone A. Baggett, 31.

Besides the murder count, Kirtdoll is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, and one count each of aggravated burglary of the house at 3500 S.E. Girard and criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The robberies occurred at the S.E. Girard address and Daylight Donuts, 4201 S.W. 21st.

Kirtdoll remained silent on making pleas to the offenses, and District Court Judge David Debenham entered not guilty pleas on Kirtdoll’s behalf.

Defense attorney Donna Asher told the judge she likely would seek a continuance on the trial date in order to give her more time to prepare for the case.

Co-defendant Eli Anthony Raymond Perry is to be arraigned on May 31. Perry was bound over on the murder count, aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated robbery.

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.

The preliminary hearing of Troupe will be on July 12.

Troupe is charged with felony first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, making a criminal threat, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, and three counts of aggravated robbery.

Two juveniles, Wisdom Curls and Leilani Hekekia-Dixon, both 17, are charged with first-degree murder in Baggett’s death.

A police detective testified officers recovered a semiautomatic handgun similar to one used in the doughnut shop holdup and a second handgun in a box in a house in the 2500 block of S.E. Virginia