Dispute over a gun deal leads to a fatal stabbing in southeast Sedgwick County Monday night


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A 48-year-old man died after being stabbed multiple times at a home east of Derby Monday.

Douglass R. McGathy (Courtesy: Sedgwick County Jail)

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said it happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 5600 blk. of S. 143rd St. East.

When deputies arrived, they located 48-year-old Kelly Joe Ralph in the driveway with multiple stab wounds. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office said they learned a fight occurred between Ralph and his nephew, 32-year-old Douglass R. McGathy.

McGathy was arrested and booked for suspicion of second-degree murder.

The sheriff’s office said the dispute was over a gun deal. Both men live at the home.

“We went back today and was able to locate the knife that was involved in the stabbing. It was thrown on top of the roof of the residence,” Sheriff Jeff Easter said.

Formal charges haven’t yet been filed.

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