Butler County Times Gazette
  • Testimony given in February shooting during preliminary hearing

  • In the early morning hours of Feb. 4, 24-year-old Trevor Wakefield was shot in a home on North Alleghany. He later died at a Wichita hospital.
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  • In the early morning hours of Feb. 4, 24-year-old Trevor Wakefield was shot in a home on North Alleghany. He later died at a Wichita hospital.
    On Wednesday, a preliminary hearing was held for Montee Iverson and Mandy Crandall, who were arrested after the shooting.
    Several times during the hearing, Iverson became emotional and was asked to be quiet.
    First to take the witness stand was El Dorado Police Detective Maggie Shriver.
    She helped execute a search warrant at the home on Feb. 4. She discussed evidence found in the home, including blood, pills, notebooks, pocket knives and loose ammunition.
    She also took photographs of the exterior of the home.
    During Shriver's testimony, Butler County Assistant Attorney Joseph Penney asked Shriver to draw a diagram layout of the house where the shooting occurred on a white board in the courtroom.
    Penney then showed Shriver five photographs of the home and asked her to verify the photos as accurate representations of the home.
    She affirmed they were, and Satterfield allowed the five photos to be admitted as evidence.
    Shriver also said she went to the hospital where Wakefield was before he died and spoke with members of his family.
    She was also present during Wakefield's autopsy.
    "I observed what appeared to be two holes at the top of Trevor Wakefield's head," she said. "The first hole appeared to be an entry wound and the second appeared to be an exit wound."
    Crandall's legal counsel, Nika Cummings, did not have any questions for Shriver.
    Iverson's legal counsel, James Watts, asked Shriver to revisit the number of people in the room during the shooting. According to Shriver, there were six people present, including Wakefield, Crandall and Iverson.
    Watts asked Shriver if she was able to determine whether or not anyone else was in the home at the time of the shooting. She said detective Jeffrey Murphy was responsible for that part of the investigation.
    Murphy, who worked as the lead detective on the case, interviewed nine people.
    Penney asked Murphy about his interview with Eden Bloom, girlfriend of Trevor's father Mark Wakefield, who said she was in the room at the time of the shooting.
    Murphy spoke with Bloom twice. During the fist interview, Murphy learned Trevor Wakefield had been been holding a knife and was whittling or cutting on something he was holding in his hand.
    "Trevor Wakefield had a box cutter and Montee Iverson confronted Trevor about that," said Murphy.
    According to Bloom, Iverson asked Wakefield to put the knife down. Wakefield didn't, and then Iverson shot Wakefield in the head.
    Page 2 of 3 - Following the shooting, Murphy said, Iverson, Crandall and a man named Matthew left quickly.
    A Lexus sedan they were in was later spotted by Augusta Public Safety officers. Augusta officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled. After initially losing track of the vehicle, officers found it in Cowley County.
    Murphy later interviewed Crandall in El Dorado.
    Watts objected to hearing parts of Crandall's interview that related to his client, so Satterfield asked Murphy to only speak about what Crandall said about her involvement.
    Likewise, Cummings asked information about Crandall from Murphy's interview with Iverson not be discussed.
    "She told me she was not in the residence at the time of the shooting," said Murphy.
    Murphy said Crandall told him she had gone outside to get cigarettes from a car and as she was walking back toward the house, others were leaving.
    "The only thing she denied was being in the room at the time of the shooting," said Murphy.
    Murphy said Crandall was the one driving the car away from the scene.
    During the course of his initial investigation, Murphy received information about the weapon that was thought to have been used in the crime.
    A .22 caliber revolver was later found in the 1200 block of West 3rd Street.
    Murphy said the gun had nine casings, and one shot had been fired.
    According to Murphy, Iverson said he thought Wakefield was going to stab his friend with a knife and he didn't remember shooting Wakefield.
    Following Murphy's testimony, Butler County Assistant Attorney Brett Sweeney questioned Dr. Scott Kipper, the coroner who examined Wakefield.
    "Ultimately my job is to determine cause of death," said Kipper.
    Sweeney showed Kipper several autopsy photos and asked him to verify for the court that the photos were an accurate representation of Wakefield's body.
    Kipper noted soot and gun powder had been found on the dura, which is the lining between the skull and the brain.
    Kipper is still waiting on Wakefield's toxicology reports.
    Kipper confirmed to Satterfield Wakefield's death was caused by a gunshot wound to the head and the manner was homicide.
    Neither Cummings nor Watts cross examined Kipper.
    The next witness called was Eden Bloom.
    She recounted the events of Feb. 3 and 4.
    On the evening of the third, Mark Wakefield hosted a Super Bowl party. A few hours after the game, Bloom said Crandall arrived with two men.
    Bloom identified one of the men as Iverson.
    "We're all kind of sitting there," said Bloom. "At one point I was looking at my phone. He [Iverson] said something like, 'Give me that.' Trevor didn't say anything back."
    Page 3 of 3 - Trevor Wakefield at that time had a knife in his hand.
    "I remember looking up and [Iverson] kind of leaned across the bed and put [the gun] up to Trevor's head," said Bloom. "After it went off Trevor fell over the bed."
    Bloom said she stayed with him until paramedics arrived, and had pressed a towel to his head to try to stop the bleeding.
    According to Bloom, Wakefield was not responsive during the time he spent at the hospital prior to his death.
    She also said she had not heard any arguments prior to the shooting.
    "I never heard them exchange words before then," she said.
    Following Penney's questions, Cummings asked Bloom to again detail how Wakefield fell.
    Watts then asked Bloom if Iverson had been to Mark Wakefield's home before Feb. 4. Bloom replied that she had seen Iverson there at least once before.
    Following Bloom's testimony, Satterfield announced the court would take a recess and reconvene at 2 p.m.
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