Man pleads not guilty in first-degree murder case

By The Mercury

A not guilty plea was entered Monday for the suspect in an April shooting that left one man dead. Matthew Wilson, 43, was arrested after a deadly shooting April 7 where he allegedly entered his neighbor’s apartment and opened fire, killing one man and injuring three other people. He is charged with one count of first degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated burglary

Riley County District Court Judge John F. Bosch read the charges to Wilson, who remained mute during the arraignment with the court pleading not guilty on all charges for him. Wilson was charged with aggravated burglary for unlawfully entering the apartment with the intent to commit a felony.

The apartment where the crime took place belonged to Dustin Ferguson, 22, and Joel Solano, 28, at 900 Garden Way. Michael Lowry, 22, who was staying at the apartment, was killed. The three were members of the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion Alpha Company at Fort Riley. Kristine Kim, 23, Junction City, and Alexya Mailea, 23, Manhattan, were also injured in the shooting.

Wilson faces a sentence of life in prison if he is convicted on the charge of first degree murder and 147 to 653 months for each attempted murder charge. The aggravated burglary charge carries a minimum 31-month sentence.

Wilson’s pre-trial hearing is set for Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. His week-long trial is tentatively set for Nov. 18.

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