Wichita man charged with killing wife, dumping her body

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Donnell Stafford (left) and Leuh Moore Donnell Stafford (left) and Leuh Moore
The body of 38-year-old Leuh Moore was found in a dumpster behind a liquor store at 1701 S Seneca on April 8, 2018 The body of 38-year-old Leuh Moore was found in a dumpster behind a liquor store at 1701 S Seneca on April 8, 2018
Police investigating where homicide occurred in the 1100 block of West Dayton Police investigating where homicide occurred in the 1100 block of West Dayton
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The man accused of killing his wife and dumping her body behind a Wichita business has been charged with first-degree murder.

Donnell Stafford, 30, appeared in Sedgwick County court by video on Friday.  Police allege he killed 37-year-old Leuh Moore early Sunday morning and placed her body in a dumpster behind a liquor store less than a mile south of their home near Kellogg and Seneca.

Stafford was captured at a hotel in Davenport, Iowa Tuesday morning and extradited to Wichita on Thursday. His bond was set at $650,000.

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Investigators believe Leuh Moore's 7-year-old son was home at the time of the alleged crime. The suspect then took the boy to a relative's house, where he was found safe on Monday.

Stafford was also charged with two counts of animal cruelty for allegedly stabbing two dogs, which were taken to an emergency vet for treatment.  

Stafford's next court appearance was scheduled for April 26.

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