WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Abel Molina, 31, and David Chandler, 63, the two men accused of murdering 30-year-old Blake Barnes with a pipe, made their appearances in court on Friday afternoon.
On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Wichita police responded to an incident at a bridge near Seneca and McLean by the Mid-America All-Indian Museum. They found Barnes beaten. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died of his injuries.
Both Molina and Chandler were known to be homeless.
Officers spoke to a witness who directed them to a suspect and then said that another suspect was involved and had left on a bicycle before officers arrived.
Police said in a news release that Chandler was reported to have struck Barnes “several times with a metal pipe.” He was found and taken into custody while walking away from the scene.
Molina was found in the 400 block of N. Seneca, where he was taken into custody. They are next scheduled to appear in court on March 7 at 10:45 a.m.