Man charged with 9 charges in Old Town club shooting


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Keshawn Dawson, 23, the criminal homicide suspect at the Enigma Club & Lounge appeared before a judge on Thursday afternoon and calmly listened to the judge read the charges laid against him.

He was wanted on murder and other counts, following a shooting that killed Preston Spencer, 34, and injured six others at the Enigma Club & Lounge on September 7.

He is now back in Wichita and being held at Sedgwick County Jail on $ 5 million bail.

Here are the nine charges the judge read in court Thursday afternoon:

  • First degree murder – intentional and premeditated
  • First degree murder – in the commission of a crime
  • Six counts of aggravated battery – knowingly causing grievous bodily harm or disfigurement
  • Discharge of a firearm – dwelling occupied with grievous bodily harm

We contacted the district attorney’s office to find out the reason for two murder charges. A spokesperson said the two counts of murder were alternate counts. He said charges can be filed using alternative theories. Even if an accused is found guilty of both alternatives, he can only be convicted on one of the two.

The judge also read a protective order that bars Dawson from having any contact with witnesses to the Enigma shooting.

When asked if he understood the protection order, Dawson replied, “Yes. “

In addition to charges related to the Enigma shooting, the judge read two other cases against Dawson. In one case, Dawson is accused of failing to appear in court. In the other, he is charged with criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Dawson had active arrest warrants in Sedgwick County and is prohibited from owning a firearm due to previous felony convictions.

The total bail on all of the charges Dawson faces is $ 5,125,000. The judge has set the next court date for November 4.

Police had been looking for Dawson since the shooting in Enigma. He was eventually found and arrested on Friday October 8 in Phoenix, Arizona.

An officer from the Wichita Police Department, assigned as a task force officer with the United States Marshal’s Service, worked to locate Dawson.

It cost $ 2,940 to extradite Dawson to Sedgwick County according to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken to Sedgwick County Jail on Wednesday.

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