15-year-old from Olathe charged with first-degree murder

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Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 1:21 PM CDT
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OLATHE, Kan. (KCTV) - An Olathe teenager has been charged with murder after an individual was killed late last month.

According to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, a 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder. He has also been charged with criminal use of weapons - possession of a firearm by a juvenile.

The office says he is in custody and will be making his first appearance in district court this afternoon.

A request has been made to waive his juvenile status and change it to adult status.

The arrest comes as the result of an Olathe Police Department investigation into the death of Daniel Ward on July 30, 2022.

KCTV5 News reached out to Olathe police for more information regarding Ward’s death.

They say officers went to the 1200 block of N. Purdom Street just before 11:30 a.m. that day after receiving an unknown medical call.

When officers arrived, they found a 29-year-old man who had sustained a head injury. Ultimately, it was determined that he had been shot.