Wichita — In a Wichita case that has captured national attention, a double-amputee war veteran already accused of misdemeanors against a controversial Topeka church now faces a felony charge.
The latest charge — conspiracy to commit aggravated battery — was filed by Sedgwick County prosecutors Friday afternoon.
The charge accuses Army veteran Ryan Newell of engaging in a conspiracy in which firearms were obtained and put in his vehicle and taken to a place where church members were located.
Mid-morning Tuesday, detectives arrested Newell. He was backed into a parking spot outside Wichita City Hall with guns and ammunition in his SUV while five Westboro church members met inside with Wichita police officials to discuss protest safety concerns, sources have said.
The felony charge alleges that there was a conspiracy in which Newell entered into an agreement with another person.
Newell’s bond remains at $500,000. His next court appearance is set for Dec. 16.