Man charged with murder after truck theft

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A suspect is charged with first-degree murder after a Wichita man was killed when he tried to retrieve his father’s stolen pickup truck.

Sedgwick County authorities on Thursday charged 34-year-old Edward Ladish, who also faces an alternate count of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Shawn Palmer and his brother saw Ladish driving their father’s stolen truck on Saturday. Police say when Ladish tried to drive away, the brothers held onto the truck. Shawn Palmer eventually fell off and was run over. His brother was treated and released for his injuries.

His bond is set at $250,000. A public defender will be appointed to represent him.

KAKE-TV reports state prison records show Ladish was discharged from state custody June 19 after serving time for theft, burglary and drug offenses.

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