KANSAS CITY, Kan. (TNS) — Wyandotte County, Kan., District Attorney Mark A. Dupree said Friday that his office has charged Antoine Fielder with two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of two sheriff's deputies while they were transporting Fielder after a court hearing in downtown Kansas City, Kan.
Capital murder in Kansas carries the possibility of the death penalty. Capital punishment is rarely used in Kansas. No one has been executed in he sate since 1965 and there are 10 capital punishment inmates in state prison.
Fielder is also charged with aggravated robbery, stemming from an accusation that Fielder took a gun from a deputy before shooting him.
Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer were shot to death June 15 they were taking Fielder, 30, and another inmate back to jail after the hearing.
Fielder's bond was set at $2 million. His first court appearance has not yet been set. Fielder is expected to return soon to the Wyandotte County Jail, Dupree said.
Authorities said Fielder allegedly overpowered a deputy, took Rohrer's gun and began shooting at both Rohrer and King. Rohrer died after being taken to the University of Kansas Hospital. King died later that evening.
At least one of the deputies returned fire at Fielder and shot him multiple times. Fielder was hospitalized for several days after the shooting. On Wednesday, he was released from the hospital and booked into the Johnson County Jail.
Dupree said there's no evidence that Fielder had any help in the alleged shooting.
Details of what led to the shooting, which was investigated by Kansas City, Kan., police, have not been released.
Fielder had been booked into the Wyandotte County Jail Jan. 3 on robbery charge and other charges from a separate case.
Fielder also faces murder charges in Jackson County, where he's accused of killing a woman in Kansas City last year.
Before his arrest in January, Fielder had been free for a few months after facing two trials on a murder charge stemming from the 2015 death of an Overland Park woman. Each ended in a mistrial after juries were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
The second trial, Dupree said, resulted in a jury where 10 members believed Fielder was not guilty and two jurors voting in guilty.