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Crimestoppers Murder Mystery - Desmona Carter

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Desmona Carter went by the nickname of Mona. She was asleep on a recliner in her living room in the 800 block of South Mission back in April of 1998. Little did she know that a gunman was about to fire off rounds through her front window.

"Just after midnight on April 19, 1998, we got several calls of a drive-by shooting at 826 S. Mission," says Wichita Police Sgt. Chuck Newman.

Carter was 22 years-old on that night. Officers went into the house and discovered her just inside the window that a gunman stuck his arm through to fire the shots.

"It appeared they walked up into the yard outside," Newman says. "It's a brick triplex and this particular apartment was on the far east end of the triplex."

Newman was the lead detective at the time. He says there were a few people who came forward with information on that deadly night, but since then there has been silence.

"We've never been able to develop any hard suspects to this point," Newman says. "It's been a frustrating case as far as leads are concerned. We're pretty much still at what was observed the first night."

Newman also says it's very frustrating because he hasn't been able to give Carter's family answers. He's hoping that maybe someone who wasn't willing to come forward back then will do so now.

"You know, you dig and dig and scratch to find any tidbit of info that can keep things moving along," explains Newman. "As I recall, this was a case that we just didn't get a lot of information for us to keep grinding on."

This month marks ten years since Carter was killed. If you know anything about the case, call Crimestoppers at 267-2111. You can always remain anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


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