Sheriff's office: 2 arrested in double murder near McConnell AFB
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Undersheriff Brian White provided new details about the double murder that took place over the weekend.
He says that they found 42-year-old David Baeza of Wichita on the east shoulder of the roadway suffering from gunshot wounds. He was then transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Following that they found a man and woman dead in the backyard of a home located in the 4300 block of South Rock Road. Both of them died from gunshot wounds.
Joseph Ponse Jr., 43, was later found on the same property and both he and Baeza were booked first-degree murder.
Undersheriff White said that most of the people involved in the incident were from Wichita and some of them knew each other before the incident. He did not elaborate on this.
White also believes that "drug activity" could have played a role.
The investigation is ongoing. You can watch the full media briefing below or on Kake's Facebook page.
Authorities have arrested two suspects in the shooting deaths of two people near McConnell Air Force Base early Saturday morning.
Sedgwick County jail records show 43-year-old Joseph Ponse Jr. was booked Saturday night and 42-year-old David Baeza was booked Monday morning, both for first-degree murder in commission of a felony. Additionally, Ponse is jailed on a state hold and Baeza faces drug charges.
Deputies responded at around 5:15 a.m. Saturday to the report of a shooting in the 4300 block of South Rock Road. They arrived to find a man and a woman dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
The victims' names have not been released. The sheriff's office said a third person was wounded and taken to the hospital.
Additional information will be released during a media briefing Tuesday afternoon.
Kansas Department of Corrections records show Ponse is on parole for a drug conviction out of Ford County. A KDOC warrant was issued on Saturday. Ponse also has prior convictions that include child endangerment, drug possession/distribution and attempted violation of the Kansas Offender Registration Act.