First-degree murder: Third suspect arrested in connection to shooting death of Wichita teenager charged


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Jaron Palmer, 24 of Wichita, was charged Friday with first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated robbery, and battery (a misdemeanor) in connection to the case of 17-year-old Erik Stokes’s death on April 25. 

Palmer’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 8.  His bond is set at $250,000.

Jaron Palmer was booked into jail Monday evening on suspicion of first-degree murder. Detectives say Palmer, his brother, and a woman forced their way into an apartment near 13th and West
where they shot and killed Stokes.

On April 25, police say five people were at the apartment when three suspects armed with handguns forced their way in. Investigators say the five people went into a bedroom and then shots were fired by the suspects. Stokes and another 17-year-old boy were hit. The second teenager survived.

Palmer was also arrested on suspicion of numerous child sex crimes. Eighteen-year-old Breckyn Elliott and 18-year-old Easton G. Palmer have also been arrested in connection with Stokes’s death.

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