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2nd murder arrest made in connection with body found in N. Wichita

Ariana Cook and Matthew Small are both charged with first-degree murder and aggravated...
Ariana Cook and Matthew Small are both charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in the July 2020 death of Roy Hayden.(Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 1, 2020 at 4:15 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: Thursday, September 3, 2020: Wichita police arrested a 20-year-old woman on Wednesday in connection to a murder investigation from over the summer.

Ariana Cook, 20, was booked into the Sedgwick County jail for first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in connection with the early-July death of a man named Roy Hayden whose body was found July 6 in a vehicle in the 1500 block of North Broadway.

Cook is being held in the Sedgwick County jail on a $250,000 bond. She made her first appearance in court Thursday afternoon.

Matthew Small, another defendant in the case, was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

A Sedgwick County District Court Judge Tuesday formally charged 35-year-old Matthew Small with several charges, including first-degree murder, in connection with the early-July death of a man named Roy Hayden whose body was found July 6 in a vehicle in the 1500 block of North Broadway. The discovery of Hayden’s body launched a homicide investigation.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office said Hayden was killed in the 800 block of South San Pablo Street in southeast Wichita. This is near Lincoln, between Woodlawn and Rock Road. Court, Court documents say the murder happened between July 1 and July 6.

Additional charges against Small include aggravated kidnapping and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Court documents show Small’s bond set at $250,000.

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