KANSAS CITY, Kan.— Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark A. Dupree Sr. announced Friday that he will seek the death penalty for the man charged with shooting and killing two Wyandotte County sheriff's deputies if he is convicted on capital murder. The state of Kansas hasn't had an execution since 1965, but does have the sentencing option of death by lethal injection.
Antoine Fielder, 30, has been charged with two counts of capital murder for allegedly killing Deputy Patrick Rohrer and Deputy Theresa King on June 15, 2018.
He's also charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly stealing Rohrer's gun, which he used in the shooting.
King and Rohrer were killed when a shackled Fielder allegedly took one of their guns and fired at them. District Attorney Mark Dupree said the capital murder charge is because he allegedly premeditated killing the deputies.
Fielder was also hit and hospitalized. He's since been moved to the Johnson County Detention Center's hospital unit.
The deputies were escorting him out of the courthouse and back to a jail when the shooting happened. Authorities said the deputies were following proper protocols.
Fielder is no stranger to jails, prisons and courtrooms, having served a sentence in Kansas for drug offenses, and twice he stood trial for the murder of Kelsey Ewonus. Both of those murder trials ended with hung juries, and he was set free.
Then on December 26, 2017, Jackson County prosecutors said Fielder allegedly shot and killed Rosemarie Harmon on Spruce Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, charging him with murder among other felony charges.
Additionally, the Wyandotte County district attorney charged him in a carjacking where investigators believe he got the gun used to kill Harmon. Those cases are still pending.