Suspect accused in deadly shooting of 69-year-old woman bonds out of jail

12 News spoke with a local attorney and a safety expert following the deadly shooting in east Wichita.
Published: Sep. 3, 2023 at 7:58 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A 19-year-old man charged with first-degree murder is out of jail, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Sunday. He was being held on a $500,000 bond.

Police said around 9:50 p.m. on Friday, officers were dispatched to the 11200 block of East Central Ave for a shooting. They arrived to find 69-year-old Norma Williams unconscious and not breathing with a gunshot wound to her upper body. Officers began providing life-saving efforts until EMS arrived. Williams was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

During the investigation, officers learned that Williams was the front passenger of a 2021 Honda Ridgeline traveling northbound on Greenwich, approaching the eastbound lanes of Kellogg Drive. When they reached the intersection a group of motorcycles riding eastbound ran the red light and one of the motorcycles driven by Boone struck the couple’s vehicle.

Following the incident, Boone, along with two or three others, followed the vehicle. Police said Boone ultimately produced a handgun and shot twice into the vehicle, which killed Williams.

Attorney Charlie O’Hara said those who joined Boone in the chase could face charges as well.

“If they were assisting him in committing a felony and someone died then they would be guilty of felony murder, if the intent was to go shoot these people with premeditation and they were assisting in that, they’d be guilty of first-degree murder as a helper or assister,” O’Hara explained.

If you ever find yourself dealing with a road rage situation Personal Protection Expert Joe Schillaci said there are five things you need to do.

“One: stay calm, two: create distance, three: call 911 and give a good description, four: go to a well lit. populated area, five: whatever you do don’t bring that threat to your home,” said Schillaci.

Officers arrested Boone on Friday and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail for first-degree murder, criminal discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle, and aggravated assault.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Boone bonded out of jail Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m.