Affidavit: Man accused of dragging 13-year-old girl in stolen SUV unaware she was inside

Wichita police arrested Kevin Palmer on the charge of felony murder Saturday, February 6, 2021....
Wichita police arrested Kevin Palmer on the charge of felony murder Saturday, February 6, 2021. They say he was driving a stolen SUV in which a 13-year-old girl died after she was dragged while try to exit the vehicle.(Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 12:35 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The man accused of dragging 13-year-old Brianna Ibarra in a stolen SUV on Feb. 6 told police he did not see anyone in the vehicle when he stole it. That is according to the probable cause affidavit released Wednesday.

Kevin Palmer said he was homeless. He said when saw an SUV running in a parking lot of a restaurant in west Wichita, he opened the door, got inside and threw in his backup. Palmer told police he would not have stolen the vehicle if he knew there was someone inside.

A citizen saw Palmer driving eastbound the stolen vehicle on Kellogg and began chasing him. The driver of that vehicle said he saw the girl being dragged and honked and yelled at Palmer.

Palmer then turned around through Newman College to get back onto westbound Kellogg, he then stopped the vehicle and abandoned it. He then crossed several lanes of traffic in an attempt to escape.

According to the affidavit, when Palmer exited the vehicle, he saw the girl’s body. Palmer said he assumed he had hit someone while trying to cross Kellogg and didn’t realize it due to low visibility caused by snowfall that day.

Police said Palmer made several unsolicited statements while in custody.

“Oh my God. God help me. Is she dead? People are saying she was hurt,” Palmer said according to an affidavit.

Palmer was charged with first-degree murder and theft early February. A judge set his bond at $500,000.

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