Separate trials ordered for 4 defendants in gun shop killing

(Photo Courtesy: KSHB 41 Action News)
(Photo Courtesy: KSHB 41 Action News)

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The four men charged with killing the co-owner of a suburban Kansas City gun store during a robbery will have separate trials.

A Johnson County judge on Thursday granted a motion from two of the defendants, Londro Patterson and De’Anthony Wiley, seeking separate trials.

The Kansas City Star reports prosecutors wanted Patterson and Wiley tried to together but did not object to separate trials for the other defendants, Hakeem Malik and Nicquan Midgyettt.

The four men are charged with first-degree murder in the January 2015 shooting death of Jon Bieker. He died while defending his wife at the She’s A Pistol gun store in Shawnee.

Three of the four alleged robbers were wounded.

Trial dates haven’t been set.