Mar 05, 2024

Jury: Kan. woman, who hid from police 17-days, is guilty of murder

Posted Mar 05, 2024 2:00 AM
Banks-photo Sedgwick Co.
Banks-photo Sedgwick Co.

SEDGWICK COUNTY —  A  Kansas woman who hid from police for 17-days after a deadly shooting has been found guilty, aggravated assault and attempted murder 

La’Niha Banks, 19, is guilty of murder  in the first degree; In the commission of a felony, Criminal discharge of a firearm, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office.

Just after 11 pm May 20, police were dispatched to a shooting in the 1000 block of E 1st Street N. in Wichita's Old Town. Upon arrival, officers located  19-year-old Lationna Johnson  with two gunshot wounds to her upper body.

EMS transported Johnson to an area hospital in critical condition and with life-threatening injuries. She died on May 23, accord to Officer Juan Rebolledo.

The investigation revealed that Johnson was trying to break up a physical altercation between an acquaintance of hers and Banks in a parking lot. After the victim managed to stop the fight, Johnson started to drive away, but Banks produced a handgun and started to shoot into the occupied vehicle.

Banks hid from police who finally arrested her on On June 6.  She quickly was able to meet the requirements of a $500,000 bond and was out of custody. After the jury verdict, Banks is in custody on a $1,000,000.00 bond and is scheduled for sentencing April 26, according to the district attorney's office.