Man charged with 9 counts in Old Town club shooting


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Keshawn Dawson, 23, the suspect in the criminal homicide that happened at Enigma Club & Lounge went before a judge Thursday afternoon and listened quietly as the judge read the charges against him.

He was wanted for murder and other charges, stemming from a shooting that killed 34-year-old Preston Spencer and injured six others at Enigma Club & Lounge on Sept. 7.

He is now back in Wichita and being held in the Sedgwick County jail on a bond of $5 million.

These are the nine counts the judge read in court Thursday afternoon:

  • Murder in the first-degree – intentional and premeditated
  • Murder in the first-degree – in the commission of a felony
  • Six counts of aggravated battery – knowingly cause great bodily harm or disfigurement
  • Discharge of a firearm – occupied dwelling with great bodily harm

We reached out to the district attorney’s office to find out the reason for two murder charges. A spokesperson said the two murder counts are alternative counts. He said charges can be filed using alternative theories.  Even if a defendant is convicted of both alternatives, he can only be sentenced on one of the two.

The judge also read a protective order that prohibits Dawson from having any contact with any witnesses to the Enigma shooting.

When asked if he understood the protective order, Dawson answered, “Yes.”

In addition to the charges related to the Enigma shooting, the judge read two other cases against Dawson. In one case, Dawson is charged with failure to appear in court. In the other, he is charged with criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Dawson had active felony Sedgwick County warrants and is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to previous felony convictions.

The total bond on all the counts Dawson is facing is $5,125,000. The judge set the next court date for Nov. 4.

Police had been looking for Dawson since the shooting at Enigma. He was finally found and arrested Friday, Oct. 8, in Phoenix, Arizona.

A Wichita Police Department officer, assigned as a task force officer with the United States Marshall’s Service, worked to locate Dawson.

It cost $2,940 to extradite Dawson back to Sedgwick County according to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Sedgwick County jail on Wednesday.

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