Archive for Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Trial in multiple killings opens

October 13, 2004


— Jury selection began Tuesday for one of two men accused of killing five people two years ago.

Darrell Lamont Stallings, 35, and Errik A. Harris, 28, are charged in the June 10, 2002, shooting deaths of Samantha Sigler, 24; Destiny Wiles, 23; Tameika Jackson, 24; Trina Jennings, 26; and Melvin Montague, 34.

Stallings, whose trial began Tuesday, faces five counts of capital murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Harris faces the same charges, but his trial has been delayed indefinitely.

Police have said that illegal drugs and revenge were the motives for the shootings.

Stallings' trial had been postponed at least twice because of problems between Stallings and his defense attorneys and questions about whether he was competent to stand trial.

Wyandotte County District Judge Thomas L. Boeding allowed Stallings' first defense attorneys to withdraw late last year after concluding that Stallings was hostile to them.

Stallings tried in June to get his new attorneys dismissed, but Boeding rejected that request. Boeding said he refused to sever ties between Stallings and his attorneys because Stallings had caused the problems.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.