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Man charged with murder in E. Wichita deadly stabbing

Jason Payne, 39, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Michael...
Jason Payne, 39, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Michael Montgomery.(Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 4:59 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 at 3:36 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021: A man arrested in connection with another man’s death in a disturbance at a home in east Wichita appeared in Sedgwick County District Court Tuesday where he was charged with first-degree murder. Jason Payne, 39, is held on a $250,000 bond.

The charge against Payne is for the death of 34-year-old Michael Montgomery. Police said during a disturbance, Payne pulled out a knife and stabbed Montgomery multiple times.

Update Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021: The Wichita Police Department identified a man killed at a home in east Wichita early Wednesday morning as 34-year-old Michael Montgomery, of Wichita. Police said the man arrested for first-degree murder in connection with Montgomery’s death, 39-year-old Jason Payne, is Montgomery’s cousin.

“The investigation revealed a disturbance occurred between Montgomery and Payne at their home in the 900 block of North Oliver,” police said. “During the disturbance, Payne pulled out a knife and stabbed Montgomery multiple times.”

The WPD said the investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021:

The discovery of an unresponsive man at a home in east Wichita led to police arresting 39-year-old Jason Payne for first-degree murder. The man found unresponsive early Wednesday morning at the home in the 900 block of North Oliver died at the scene. Police said the man is believed to be related to Payne and that his death followed a disturbance.

This all began before 6 a.m. Wednesday with Wichita police responding to a welfare check at 13th and Oliver.

“A citizen reported Payne lying face down in the middle of the street at the intersection. Upon arrival, officers contacted Payne, who needed medical assistance. He was transported to an area hospital, treated, and released,” police said.

Through its investigation, police learned about another man possibly being injured at a home in the 900 block of North Oliver.

“Officers went to the home and found a male unresponsive. He was pronounced deceased on the scene and is believed to be a family member of Payne,” Wichita police said.

The investigation revealed a physical disturbance happened at the home. Police said investigators are working to learn more about what happened.

. If you have any information on this case, call WPD detectives at 316-268-4407, the See Something Say Something hotline at 316-519-2282, or Crime Stoppers at 316-267- 2111.

“This was not a random incident, and the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office,” Wichita police said.

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