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Preliminary hearings set for men charged in murders of 2 KCK police officers

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Two accused police officer killers, Jamaal Lewis, left, and Curtis Ayers, were back in court Thursday related to two different line of duty deaths for that department this summer. Two accused police officer killers, Jamaal Lewis, left, and Curtis Ayers, were back in court Thursday related to two different line of duty deaths for that department this summer.
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Two accused police officer killers were back in court Thursday related to two different line of duty deaths for that department this summer.

Those murders came two months apart, but each of the accused killers appeared in court on the same day. Each of their defense teams brought up concerns in the hearings.

Curtis Ayers is charged with capital murder in the death of Det. Brad Lancaster in May. Ayers is accused of shooting Lancaster by the Kansas Speedway when the officer approached to ask about suspicious behavior.

Ayers led police on a chase before being shot by police during his arrest. He was still in a wheelchair and the judge granted his defense team’s request to delay his preliminary hearing until he recovers from a recent hernia surgery.

Jamaal Lewis is also facing a capital murder charge. His charge is for the fatal shooting of Capt. Dave Melton in July.

Melton encountered Lewis during a search for several men involved in a drive-by shooting.

Police say Lewis shot into Melton’s patrol car when Melton tried to block him from escaping, killing Melton before he even got out.

At Lewis’ hearing, the defense team raised concern about whether there was enough blood evidence for them to do independent DNA testing after the state did their tests. The judge asked them to submit briefs on that in writing.

Both judges set preliminary hearing dates for March, each one a week apart. That’s the stage in the process that a lot of defendants skip. It is basically a mini-trial where a judge hears evidence and decides if there is enough evidence to require a trial.

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