Wichita woman pleads no contest in death of man found in car
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - One of four people arrested in the death of a man whose body was found in a car in 2020 has pleaded no contest to her role in the homicide.
The Sedgwick County district attorney's office said 22-year-old Ariana Cook entered the plea on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping. She's scheduled to be sentenced on January 23.
Roy Haden's body was found in a vehicle in the 1500 block of North Broadway on July 7, 2020. Court documents stated Haden died sometime between July 1 and July 6.
Also arrested in the case were 35-year-old Lawrence Bailey, 37-year-old Matthew Small and 21-year-old Carlos Delgado. Bailey and Small are scheduled for jury trials, Bailey on December 5 and Small on January 23. There are no new court dates for Delgado, the DA's office said.
Small was initially charged with first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon by a felon. Jail records show active charges for Delgado include aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Bailey was initially arrested for first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of kidnapping in flight on commission of a crime, aggravated robbery, robbery, aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm.
According to police, Haden's death was drug related.