Feb 12, 2020 7:54 PM

Homicide investigation: Police ID body found under Kan. bridge

Posted Feb 12, 2020 7:54 PM
Bernard Woodard photo Wichita Police
Bernard Woodard photo Wichita Police

SEDGWICK COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating the murder of a man whose body was found Monday under a bridge in Wichita.

 The victim has been identified as 59-year-old Bernard Woodard, according to officer Charley Davidson. He was a homeless man living underneath the Douglas Street Bridge when he was attacked on Monday, causing fatal injuries. 

 Woodard had blunt force injuries to his body and could have been under the bridge for as long as a day,  according to Police Capt. Jason Stephens.

Police need help with the investigation.

If you have any information on this case, please call WPD Detectives at 316-268-4407, Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111, or the See Something Say Something hotline at 316-519-2282.


SEDGWICK COUNTY—Police say a homeless man whose body was found under a bridge in Wichita apparently was beaten to death.

The body of a black man was found Monday afternoon under a bridge near Douglas and McLean in Wichita. The man appeared to be in his 60s.

Capt. Jason Stephens says the man had blunt force injuries to his body and could have been under the bridge for as long as a day. Authorities are working to learn his identity.

This is the seventh homicide in Wichita this year.

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Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.