WICHITA, Kansas — A Sedgwick County judge has set a trial date for three men accused of stealing a wedding ring and other items from a dying Wichita woman.
A preliminary hearing was held Thursday for Daquantrius Johnson, Quanique Thomas-Hameen and Keith Hickles Jr. All three are charged with robbery, theft and aggravated burglary, The Wichita Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/1g25Jvn).
They're accused of robbing 43-year-old Danielle Zimmerman, who was pulling into a Taco Bell on Dec. 29 when she suffered the brain aneurysm, causing her truck to hit a speaker in the drive-thru lane. While unconscious in her car, someone took her purse with $150 and her credit cards in it, a cellphone and wedding ring. She died at a hospital the next day.
Zimmerman's purse was later recovered after some children found it while sledding. The search continues for her wedding ring despite a $4,305 reward for its return. Zimmerman had been married to her husband, Kris, for 21 years. They have two sons, ages 13 and 18. The stolen wedding ring holds sentimental value for the family, Kris Zimmerman said after the robbery.
After the hearing Thursday during which prosecutors presented evidence, District Judge Christopher Magana bound all three defendants over for trial and set the case on the April 7 jury trial docket.
Lawyers for the three men didn't immediately return calls seeking comment Thursday.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com