UPDATE: No charges filed in February shooting death on I-135 near Park City

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PARK CITY, Kan. -- No charges will be filed in the February 7 shooting death of a woman on Interstate 135 near Park City.

Park City Police Chief Phil Bostian says an exhaustive investigation by his department, along with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office and Kansas Highway Patrol did not find sufficient evidence to present the case to the District Attorney's Office for criminal charges at this time.

On the night of February 7, Rebecca Stauder and James Scott Powers, 43, had left a concert at Hartman Arena and were traveling southbound on I-135. At around 11:44 p.m. Powers called 911 to report he had just been in an argument with his girlfriend and that she had shot herself.

Stauder was pronounced dead at the scene. Powers was later arrested on an outstanding domestic violence warrant for an incident that occurred November 20, 2013 involving Stauder at their home in northeast Wichita.

The municpal domestic violence case against Powers was dropped because of Stauder was unable to testify.



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The same man who called 911 last Friday to report Rebecca Stauder had shot herself as they traveled on I-135 near Park City, was arrested this week on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence.

James Scott Powers, 43, was arrested by Wichita Police for simple battery (domestic violence) for an incident that occurred November 20, 2013 involving Stauder at their home in northeast Wichita.

Police records show Stauder had also called 911 twice in the months before her death to report that Powers, her boyfriend, had attacked her.

Powers has since been released on bond, Park City Police Chief Phil Bostian said. According to court documents, he lists an address in Alabama as his permanent address.

An autopsy completed this week confirms Stauder died of a gunshot wound. Investigators still have not determined whether her death is a suicide or a homicide, Bostian said.

Meanwhile, Stauder's family says they are struggling to pay for funeral expenses. They have set up a fund at http://www.gofundme.com/rebeccastauder.


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Park City police are investigating a shooting death that happened along I-135 late Friday night.

At 11:44 p.m. a man in a pickup truck on the interstate called 911 to say a woman in the truck had a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Park City Police Chief Phil Bostian said.

Police arrived less than five minutes later to scene where the truck had pulled off just before the 53rd Street exit ramp on southbound I-135. They pronounced Rebecca A. Stauder, 43, dead at the scene. They say Stauder is from the Wichita area.

Investigators have not determined whether her death is a homicide or a suicide, Bostian said. No arrests have been made.

The male occupant of the truck told police that he and woman were returning from a concert at Hartman Area. He was taken in for questioning but released, Bostian said. Police did not provide his name or age.

Police say they believe he and the woman were the only two people in the vehicle.

Park City is taking the lead on the investigation. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's office and Sedgwick County District Attorney's office are assisting in the investigation.

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Park City police are investigating a shooting death that happened along I-135 late Friday night.

Dispatchers received a call around 11:45 p.m. Friday of a person who had a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sgt. Trent Johnson said. The scene was at an odd location: along I-135 southbound just before the exit ramp for 53rd Street North.

"This is a first for us in this kind of an incident," Johnson said. "We believe at this point in time it's domestic-related."

Police say the victim is a woman in her 40s. They say there was also a man in the car with the woman but they did not provide his age. He was uninjured. Police say the man and woman appear to be from the Wichita area.

Police did not provide further details on the circumstances around the shooting.

Park City is taking the lead on the investigation with the assistance of the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office.


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