Victim in Wichita stabbing takes stand during suspect’s preliminary hearing

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita man who is charged with attempted first-degree murder was in court Friday morning for a preliminary hearing.

Police say Wade Dunn stabbed a 28-year-old Wichita woman on Sept. 23, near 17th and Doreen.

She survived and took the stand during the hearing. A large number of her family and friends were also in the courtroom to show her their support.

The judge did not allow cameras to record her testimony, but she described the moments before the attack.

The victim told the judge she was loading laundry into her car Sept. 23, when a man ran up to her with a knife and stabbed her multiple times.

She said before it happened, she turned around to see a white man with a small to medium build holding a knife in his right hand. She said he had short hair, but did not know him and would not be likely to identify him.

The victim said the man stabbed her multiple times without ever saying a word. She said she pleaded for him to stop, even mentioning that she was a mother.

Other people who testified Friday include the neighbor who called 911, a police detective, a crime scene investigator and a forensic nurse.

The neighbor said he heard his doorbell ring about ten times really fast, when he opened the door to see an alarming sight.

“When I opened the door, she was covered in blood,” said Cortez Orange, neighbor. “She was dripping in blood from head to toe.”

Orange described the wounds on the victim as deep lacerations. He used EMT training he received in the few years to help her and used towels to try to help stop the bleeding.

The forensic nurse took several minutes to describe the wounds she saw on the victim. She said any of them could have been fatal.

Detective Aaron Moses with the Wichita Police Department said a couple of anonymous tips lead him to where Dunn was located after investigators connected him to the crime. Moses said he obtained a surveillance video from a halfway house that Dunn failed to report to the night of the stabbing. In that video, he saw Dunn leaving wearing the same shirt that was found inside a storm drain with a bloody knife just feet away from the crime scene. Moses said when Dunn was arrested, he was wearing the same shoes as the suspect caught on surveillance video before and after the stabbing. Other distinctive marks and tattoos on the suspect in the surveillance video match those on Dunn’s body according to police.

The judge found there is probable cause that the felonies occurred. He set Dunn’s arraignment for January 27, 2020, at 8:45 a.m.

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