Shooting suspect faces capital murder charge

Posted at 12:00 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 19:05:35-04

The suspected killer of Kansas City, Kansas police detective Brad Lancaster will face nine criminal charges, including capital murder, for his involvement, the Wyandotte County district attorney announced in a press conference Wednesday.

WATCH: See video from the press conference in the video player above

Curtis Ayers, 29, stands charged with capital murder, aggravated battery, criminal possession of a firearm and two counts each of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and kidnapping.

READ: Community remembers fallen Det. Brad Lancaster

He has also been charged with assault, resisting arrest and armed criminal action in Jackson County. Wyandotte County district attorney Jerome Gorman said he also expects Leavenworth County to file charges against Ayers.

Ayers also faces aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and criminal posession of a firearm in Leavenworth County. 

If convicted of capital murder in Wyandotte, Ayers could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

Gorman said in the press conference that his team has not decided whether they will seek the death penalty during Ayers's prosecution; they will account for all available evidence and consult Lancaster's family when making their decision.

Ayers was in the hospital as of Wednesday afternoon, and Gorman characterized his condition as stable, but not ready for extradition to Wyandotte County.


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