Jury returns second verdict in Wichita stabbing trial, different than first verdict


This story has been changed to reflect a new sentencing date. The judge had announced a sentencing date of May 2, but the district attorney’s office says the correct date is June 2.

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — For a second time Thursday afternoon, the jury in the Wade Dunn trial let the judge know it had reached a verdict in the case.

But the second verdict is different than the one it reached earlier in the afternoon.

The first verdict the jury said it reached was that Dunn was guilty of attempted first-degree murder and guilty of aggravated battery. But when the judge started to ask the jurors if they all agreed, one juror said they did not all agree.

The judge said the verdict must be unanimous, and he ordered the jury to continue deliberating.

Just after 2:30 p.m., the jury returned with a new verdict. The jury found Dunn guilty of attempted second-degree murder, instead of first degree, and guilty of aggravated battery.

The judge again asked the jurors if they all agreed. This time, they said they did.

The judge set sentencing for June 2.

Dunn is accused of stabbing a Wichita woman 30 times in the middle of the day back on Sept. 23, 2019, near 17th and Doreen in northeast Wichita. The victim dropped to the ground and begged him to stop.

Dunn said he was high on K2 and meth while walking through the victim’s neighborhood. He said he was carrying a knife because he’s “naturally paranoid.”

“I remembered I had something in my hand, and I looked at it, and it was a knife, and it was bent, and I saw blood on it, and I threw it, and saw a hole and I threw it in there, and I looked down at my shirt, and I thought I saw blood on it. I mean I was freaking out at this point,” said Dunn.

During cross-examination, prosecutors brought up a jailhouse interview Dunn did with another media outlet in which he said he felt threatened by the victim and gave details about the attack.

The prosecution and defense rested their cases on Wednesday.

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