Two Men Face Trial For Murder During Drug Deal

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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The stage is set for two people to go on trial for murder even though only one of them pulled the trigger. john Delgado was shot and killed during a botched drug deal near 13th and West Street in Wichita this past May.

Delgado was sitting inside his car at the Villa West Apartments with his ex-girlfriend and another friend. But the deal for methamphetamine quickly went south in the back of the parking lot when multiple shots were fired inside his car.

"When I turned around, I seen that 'Chapo' had two dots on his white shirt," said Rachel Kelley, who testified at Patrick Unrein's preliminary hearing. "And I heard John Paul make a noise and I seen that he'd been shot in the head."

Shannandoa Hutchinson had arrived from Emporia to buy $6,000 worth of meth from John Delgado. When Hutchinson suddenly decided he only wanted $1,500 worth, the deal went sour. Delgado flashed a BB gun, but Hutchinson answered back with a real gun.

"I started to scream and I turned around and looked behind me and the back passenger door was open and Shannon was out of the car and he was pointing the gun at me directly," Kelley said "That was the only time I seen the gun and I just screamed."

Kelley is Delgado's ex-girlfriend. She had been with the man all day and said she was simply wanting to get a ride home when Delgado and his friend decided to meet Hutchinson, Patrick Unrein and Amy Newell for the drug deal. Kelley panicked and gave her phone to a bystander who had come outside. That man talked to 911 dispatchers.

"His hand went up like he was trying to pull the gear shift and Chapo was screaming 'You shot me. You shot me.' He was frantically screaming in the back seat," said Kelley.

The gunman was allegedly Hutchinson, but the district attorney has also charged Unrein with first degree murder, saying that he was along for the ride and part of the drug deal. Under Kansas law, if someone dies during the commission of a felony, you can be charged with murder.

The trials for Unrein and Hutchinson are now scheduled for September 12. the woman who was with them, Amy Newell, has already pleaded guilty to lesser crimes. She is scheduled for sentencing within the next few weeks.


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