Update: Man charged with first-degree murder after caretaker finds Wichita man dead


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Wichita Police Department is investigating the murder of 67-year-old Kurt Petersen.

Officers went to a home in the 100 block of N. Glenn, just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, to investigate the report of a shooting.

Instead of a shooting, they found the victim’s body. They say he had been stabbed multiple times.

James Shaw (Photo: Kansas Department of Corrections)

According to police, Petersen’s caretaker went to the house to check on him and found him injured on the kitchen floor. She called 911.

James Shaw, 60, of Wichita, was also in the home when she arrived. After examining evidence and interviewing people, police arrested Shaw.

They say Shaw and Petersen knew each other, and this was not a random incident.

Shaw was admitted but has since been released from an area hospital.

He has now been charged with first-degree murder.

Shaw has a previous conviction for involuntary manslaughter out of Wyandotte County. He was paroled to Wichita in December.

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