May 03, 2021 9:00 PM

Suspect in robbery of 17-year-old Kan. boy charged with murder

Posted May 03, 2021 9:00 PM
Easton Palmer photo Sedgwick County
Easton Palmer photo Sedgwick County

SEDGWICK COUNTY—A Kansas teen arrested in connection with the death of another teen at a Wichita apartment last month made his first court appearance Friday.

Easton Palmer, 18 of Wichita, was charged with 1st degree murder and attempted aggravated robbery in the shooting death of 17-year-old Eric Stokes, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney 

On April 29, police booked 18-year-old Breckyn I. Elliott of Wichita on requested charges of first degree murder stemming from the shooting, according to Officer Paul Cruz.

Jaron Palmer
Jaron Palmer

Police  continue their search for a third suspect and are asking the public for help to locate 25-year-old Jaron C. Palmer

Just before 7 p.m. April 25, police were dispatched to report of a shooting at the Morgan's Landing Apartments complex in the 3800 Block of West 13th Street in Wichita, according to Police Captain Jason Stephens.

Security camera images of the suspects -Wichita Police
Security camera images of the suspects -Wichita Police

When officers arrived, they learned there were five individuals inside the apartment at the time of the incident. One who was fatally shot has been identified as 17-year-old Eric Stokes of Wichita.

EMS transported a second shooting victim identified as a 17-year-old boy to a local hospital. He was treated for minor injuries and released, according to Stephens.

Investigators learned that three unknown, armed suspects arrived at the apartment, forced their way in and fired several shots that killed Stokes.  The suspects fled on foot from the apartment complex.  It was not a random incident and drugs are believed to have played a part, according to Stephens.

Palmer's next court appearance is set for May 13, according to the district attorney. His bond is $250,000.