Guilty Verdicts Returned In Deadly Accident Trial

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Friday, January 27, 2012

A Sedgwick County jury has found a man guilty for his role in an accident that killed a 5-year-old girl.

The jury found Ronald Bevan,30, guilty of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. He had been charged with the more serious offense of second degree murder.

Amber Randolph died after a multi-vehicle accident on Kellogg in February, 2011. Investigators said Matthew Noel was driving a truck that jumped the median and struck a car Randolph was riding in. Authorities argue Noel was racing Bevan down Kellogg.

Noel's case ended in a mistrial.

Thursday January 26, 2012

A jury will continue deliberating in the trial of Ronald Bevan on Friday. He's accused in the February, 2011 crash on Kellogg that killed 5-year-old Amber Randolph. The jury left the Sedgwick County Courthouse late Thursday afternoon without returning a verdict.

Prosecutors rested in the case late Wednesday. Bevan did not take the witness stand.

Bevan's attorney asked for acquittal, arguing his client couldn't get a fair trial because they couldn't afford to reconstruct the crash. Judge Warren Wilbert denied the motion.

UPDATE: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The second-degree murder trial of Ronald Bevan continued today in the Sedgwick County courthouse. He is accused in the February 12, 2011 crash that killed 5-year-old Amber Randolph.

911 recordings were being played, and a witness said he followed Bevan’s gray truck, which allegedly caused the accident, and stated that he was “driving like and idiot.” He added that he followed Bevan, who was in and out of lanes, to obtain a tag number. Bevan’s vehicle reportedly exited at West Street and returned to the scene of the accident.

Three witnesses offered their accounts of the accident and described seeing two trucks going “extremely fast” and one witness said, “They were flying.”

An officer on the scene said he smelled alcohol on Bevan and noticed his bloodshot eyes before he gave a blood sample, which was reported to be nearly twice the legal limit.

Screen shots of Bevan’s cell phone were shown, one of which contained a text message from Noel, the other party charged in the accident, that said, “Don’t come back.” The text message was sent at 3:49 p.m. The accident happened between 3:40 and 3:45 p.m.

Bevan’s cowboy hat was found on the truck’s rear seat, and witnesses described seeing a driver wearing a cowboy hat driving a gray or silver truck.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An officer responding to the scene of a deadly crash has testified one of the men charged in accident, changed his story.

Officer Josh Doug was called to the stand in Ronald Bevan’s second-degree murder trial. Bevan is charged in connection to the death of Amber Randolph.

The 5-year-old girl died after a multi-vehicle accident on Kellogg February of 2011. Investigators said Matthew Noel was driving a red truck that jumped the median and struck a car Randolph was riding in. Authorities argue Noel was racing Bevan down Kellogg.

Officer Doug said Bevan and Aaron Noel, Matthew’s brother were arguing at the scene.

Bevan told Officer Doug he had been driving next to Noel and saw the accident occur.

Officer Doug testified that Bevan said a gray truck cut Noel off, causing the accident. Doug said Bevan later said a gray van was responsible.

Bevan was taken into custody after Officer Doug realized Bevan was involved in the crash. Officer Doug testified Bevan became angry and belligerent during his arrest.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A witness to a crash that killed a Clearwater girl has testified she saw a man make call on his cell phone seconds after the crash.

A second-degree murder trial is underway in District Court for Ronald Bevan, charged in the death of Amber Randolph. The 5-year-old girl was killed in an accident on Kellogg last year. Prosecutors said she died as a result of two men racing on the highway.

The witness said she rear-ended a car Randolph was riding in, after a truck jumped the median and caused the accident.

The witness testified Tuesday afternoon she saw the driver of the truck, Matthew Noel, laying on the side of the road. She said she thought he had been ejected from the vehicle.

But then she said he got up, walked to the shoulder and made a phone call. The witnesses testified Noel appeared disoriented after the crash.

Investigators said Noel was racing Bevan on Kellogg. Bevan reportedly left the scene of the accident, but then returned. In Noel’s first trial, a detective testified investigators recovered a text message from Noel's cell phone to Bevan's after the accident. The message read "don't come back."

Noel's involuntary manslaughter trial ended in a mistrial. Bevan has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to Randolph's death, because prosecutors said he was driving drunk.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Trial is underway for a Wichita man charged for his role in a crash that killed a Clearwater girl.

Prosecutors charged Ronald Bevan, 30, with second-degree murder and reckless aggravated battery.

Amber Randolph, 5, was killed in February 2011 when a pickup truck jumped the center barrier into oncoming traffic on Kellogg near Meridian. Authorities said Matthew Noel was driving the truck that struck the car Randolph was riding in. Investigators believe Noel and Bevan were racing on Kellogg, and had been drinking before getting behind the wheel.

Prosecutors’ first witness, Officer Lee Eisenbise, testified he was the first responder on scene. The officer said he immediately smelled alcohol on Noel and ordered him to sit on the curb.

Officer Eisenbise said he began helping Amber and her mother, Michelle. He testified he knew the little girl was in trouble, despite not having signs of visible trauma.

He said Bevan arrived at the accident scene a few minutes later.

In Noel’s first trial, a detective testified investigators recovered a text message from Noel's cell phone to Bevan's after the accident. The message read "don't come back."

Noel’s involuntary manslaughter case ended in a mistrial late last year. Prosecutors said they plan to retry the case.


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