Feb 12, 2020 12:00 AM

Kan. felon makes first court appearance for November murder

Posted Feb 12, 2020 12:00 AM
Ricky Price photo Sedgwick Co.
Ricky Price photo Sedgwick Co.

SEDGWICK COUNTY —A Kansas man arrested for a November murder made his first court appearance Monday.

Ricky Price, 45, was formally charged with first-degree murder, theft and criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office.

Just after 5p.m. Sunday November 3, police responded to a death call at a residence in the 1300 block of South Greenwood in Wichita, according to office Charley Davidson.

At the scene, a 52-year-old woman reported arriving at the home to check on 73-year-old Raymond Koob and finding him unresponsive inside.

Koob was pronounced deceased on the scene and had extensive injuries to his body.

 On Friday, police arrested Price.  He is being held on a $250,000 bond. He has previous convictions for theft, robbery, burglary, aggravated robbery and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

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Feb 12, 2020 12:00 AM
Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.