Wichita Man's Death Ruled Homicide

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Monday, November 26, 2012

The case of a man found dead over the weekend has now been ruled homicide. Robert L. Newman, 73, was found by his brother Sunday, dead of a gunshot wound to the head.

Around 1:45 p.m. Sunday, the brother went to check on Newman at a home in the 3500 block of West 9th Street North.

Police said Newman died from a gunshot wound, but that no weapon was found in the home.

"We were able to find a phone book and just basically started calling everyone in it to figure out who his friends are, whomay have seen him, and what he may have been doing," explained Wichita Police Lt. Todd Ojile.

According to Ojile, Newman was somewhat of a loner and was last heard from Saturday evening.

No suspects have been identified or arrested.

Newman's neighbor, Nancy White, was shocked to learn of the homicide and tells KAKE News the man was a friendly neighbor and didn't seem to have any enemies.

"In the summer, he was always outside and we talked to him a lot," White said. "Then he kinda took our grandson under his wing and he was over there a lot and they fixed things and talked about tools and things."

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Wichita Police homicide section at (316) 268-4181 or you can make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111. If your tip leads to an arrest and conviction, you'll be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Nobody will ever ask your name.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Police are investigating the death of a man at is west Wichita home as suspicious.

The 73-year-old man was found by his brother Sunday afternoon after the brother was unable to contact him. Police were called to the man's home in the 3500 block of West 9th Street about 2 p.m.

Wichita Police Sgt. Steve Yarberry told KAKE News there were circumstances leading to police to call the man's death suspicious. However, he said no further information would be available until Monday.

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