Oct 14, 2021 6:00 AM

Kan. felon found hiding in closet will stand trial for man's murder

Posted Oct 14, 2021 6:00 AM
Wade has previous convictions for indecent liberties with a child, criminal threat, aggravated assault, four times for DUI, failure to report an injury accident and for drugs, according to the Kan. Dept. of Corrections. -photo Hutchinson Police
Wade has previous convictions for indecent liberties with a child, criminal threat, aggravated assault, four times for DUI, failure to report an injury accident and for drugs, according to the Kan. Dept. of Corrections. -photo Hutchinson Police

RENO COUNTY — A Kansas man charged with murder in the shooting of two men in April  was bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Reno County District Court.

Sixty-four-year-old Sandral Wade is charged with one count of first- degree murder in the shooting death of Orlando Gipson and one count of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Landre Bowie. He's also charged with two alternating counts of aggravated robbery and criminal possession of a firearm. A count of conspiracy to commit first degree murder was dismissed.

Wade was arrested in connection with the early morning shooting in the 1500 block of West 12th Avenue in Hutchinson. Officers arrived at the scene and found Bowie laying in the street with gunshot wounds to his abdomen. He was transferred to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for treatment and survived. Officers then located Gipson in the front yard of a nearby residence with a single gunshot wound to his chest. He was taken to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Bowie testified during the hearing Wednesday saying that Wade was the person who shot him before he crawled out into the street where police who were in the area assisted him. He also told detectives that he could hear Gibson shouting “don’t shoot me.”

Also on the stand was the co-defendant in the case, Robert Legrange who in exchange for his testimony pleaded guilty to obstruction in the apprehension of a felon, interference with law enforcement and several counts of endangerment of law enforcement last Friday.

Lagrange testified that he saw Wade shoot the two men. He also said that Wade tried to give him a cell phone which he threw in the trash. The phone belonged to Bowie. Lagrange also said that he helped hide Wade at his house for two days before police found him hiding in a closet. There was also testimony from numerous Hutchinson Police officers and detectives about evidence and interviews they conducted.

Arraignment for Wade is set for Tuesday Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. before Judge Keith Schroeder.