Samantha Jo Smith was charged by a judge with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in connection to the 2019 homicide.
Ortiz was the owner of El Conquistador, a restaurant in Garden City. In September 2019, officers responded to a man-down call in the area of Buffalo Jones Avenue and Bancroft Street.
When officers arrived, they found Ortiz lying in a parking lot with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.
While Smith made her first appearance on Tuesday, the original court documents show a filing date of June 20, 2023. This is because authorities in Kansas needed to get the U.S. Marshals involved.
An investigation is ongoing. Smith is due back in court at a later date.