Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Kishen Woods, 28, is charged with first degree murder, accused of shooting his wife to death on their wedding anniversary.
Wichita Police officers took the stand on Wednesday for the preliminary hearing of Woods.
Police said that Woods shot and killed his wife, Antonia Cratic-Woods, outside their home in the 1300 block of North Grove on Nov. 12th. This was the day of their two-year wedding anniversary.
"I asked him whether this was something that had built up to this moment. He said, that it wasn't premeditated but the decision to shoot her was made in the yard," said Det. Thomas Fatkin, Wichita Police.
Two witnesses described hearing the sound of firecrackers. Both witnesses saw Antonia Cratic-Woods stumble to the middle of the road.
One witness heard the woman say, "You don't have to do this," while the woman's children were saying, "No."
The other witness described the man as being cold and focused, as he shot the woman in the head.
"He said he wanted to shoot her and he felt it was necessary. He used those words," said Fatkin.
Officer Jeremy Miller was a few block away and was the first person to respond to the shooting call. When he arrived, he saw the defendant run away from the scene. The officer chased the man for two city blocks before he surrendered outside the Family Dollar store on North Grove.
"There was a group of people standing in the parking lot watching at what had just happened and he slowed down and turned around. When he turned around, I saw that he had a revolver in his left hand," said Miller.
Police said the defendant admitted to being the shooter before being taken into custody.
"What's the first thing he says to you, or says out loud?," asked the defense attorney.
"That her name is Ms. Woods and 'I just shot my wife,'" said Miller.
The defendant is pleading not guilty on the charges.
The jury trial is set for March 12th.