3 men bound for trial in thefts from dying woman

WICHITA, Kansas – A Wichita judge has bound three Wichita men accused of stealing a wedding ring and other items from a dying woman at a fast-food restaurant drive-thru over for trial.

The suspects are Daquantrius Johnson, Quanique Thomas-Hameen and Keith Hickles Jr.

All three are 19 years old and charged with robbery, theft and aggravated burglary.

Danielle Zimmerman was pulling into a Taco Bell on Dec. 29 when she suffered a brain aneurysm. While she was unconscious, someone took her purse, a cellphone and wedding ring. The 43-year-old Wichita woman died the following day.

On Thursday, Danielle Zimmerman’s husband testified in the preliminary hearing.

“Fifteen minutes after she had been gone, I started to call her cell phone, and it went straight to voice mail. I thought it was odd because she never turned her phone off,” said Kris Zimmerman, victim’s husband.

Defense lawyers argued there was not enough evidence to hold them over for trial, but detectives pointed to surveillance video at Taco Bell placing at least one of the three defendants at that location at the time of the crime.

In the end, the judge said there was enough evidence.

“I will find that the minimal standard of probable cause has been met in regard to all three defendants on both felony charges, and I will bind them over at this time,” said Judge Christopher Magana.

The case is set for April 7th.

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