Wichita restaurant owner takes the stand during trial: ‘I was afraid for my life’


Witnesses are being called in the trial of the man jailed in the shooting of a Wichita restaurant owner. 

Reginald Kane is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery, assault, and battery.

Ruben Acosta took the stand on Tuesday to tell his story of being shot inside his own store.

Acosta said Reginald Kane came into the restaurant around 10 p.m. on June 9th of 2017 with a gun pointed at one of his employees. He said Kane came up to him as he was counting the money for the day since it was closing time.

He says Kane took money and then pointed the gun at Ruben.

“He turned around and he tell me, sorry. This is the last day you’re going to see this world you ——  and he shoots me for the first time,” said Acosta. “I defend myself. I was afraid for my life, and I shoot back.”

Acosta was hit in the hip and shoulder. Employees talked about Kane being hit and running from the store. They also talked about holding down Acosta’s chest to keep him from losing too much blood.

“He pushed the blood down and hold me to stop bleeding,” explained Acosta.

Myranda Nevins said she was just outside the restaurant in a car when she heard what sounded like firecrackers.

“I heard a dozen or so shots fired,” says Nevins. “My friend and I lowered ourselves in the vehicle and then popped up and saw people jumping over things and smoke filled the restaurant.”

Prosecutors talked about evidence found near Kane when they later arrested him at his girlfriend’s house. They said the girlfriend called 911 later in the night to say her boyfriend was shot and needed help.

Prosecutors also said evidence will show a slug pulled out of Reginald Kane that came from the gun of Ruben Acosta as he defended himself.

Kane’s defense attorney asked a few, select questions of the witnesses. Most of the questions centered on whether or not anyone other than Ruben got a good look at the suspect, who was wearing a mask. Other defense questions revolved specifically around who drew their gun first.

The trial continues Wednesday.


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