A man who already has received a life sentence for murdering a police officer in Wyandotte County had a preliminary hearing Friday for additional charges he is facing in Leavenworth County.

A man who already has received a life sentence for murdering a police officer in Wyandotte County had a preliminary hearing Friday for additional charges he is facing in Leavenworth County.

The Leavenworth County case of Curtis R. Ayers was bound over for trial following the preliminary hearing.

Ayers, 30, Tonganoxie, already has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Detective Brad Lancaster in Kansas City, Kansas. He received that sentence in Wyandotte County District Court.

In Leavenworth County, he is facing charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of aggravated endangering a child.

These crimes are alleged to have occurred May 9, 2016, in Basehor. This was the same day Ayers killed Lancaster.

It is alleged that after shooting Lancaster, Ayers drove a stolen car to a residence in Basehor where he robbed Jeff Scott.

Scott testified during Friday’s preliminary hearing in Leavenworth County District Court.

Scott said he had gone to his home May 9, 2016, for lunch. Scott testified that Ayers entered his home and pointed a gun at him.

Scott said he had left his garage door up, and Ayers reportedly parked a vehicle in the garage. Ayers then reportedly entered the residence from the garage.

Scott testified that Ayers asked for all of his cash, alcohol, pain killers and a vehicle.

“I could see he was covered in blood,” Scott said.

The witness testified that Ayers had dried blood on his clothing as well as one of his arms and a leg.

Scott testified that Ayers was in his house for about 10 minutes.

“The gun was pointed at me the entire time he was in the house,” Scott said.

The witness said Ayers acted paranoid, looking out windows and listening for law enforcement officers.

“It was apparent he was in a hurry,” he said.

Shortly before Ayers left, Scott learned there were two children in the vehicle the defendant had parked in the garage, according to the testimony.

The children reportedly had been riding in the car when it was stolen, according to a probable cause affidavit that was prepared in the case.

Scott testified Friday that Ayers took a sweatshirt and pair of shoes from the house. Ayers left in another vehicle that he allegedly stole from Scott.

The two children were left behind.

Ayers initially had not been charged with the two counts of aggravated endangering a child. But County Attorney Todd Thompson said he wanted to add the two charges Friday based on Scott’s testimony.

Ayers’ attorney, Elaine Halley, objected to the additional charges. But District Judge Gunnar Sundby said the prosecutor can amend the charges.

Halley also argued that double jeopardy may apply to the firearm possession charge because Ayers was convicted of the same crime in Wyandotte County. She said the charge in Wyandotte County involved the same firearm that is alleged to have been used in the robbery in Basehor.

Halley showed Sundby a document that listed Ayers’ convictions in Wyandotte.

Sundby said he did know, based on the document, if the Wyandotte County conviction involved the same weapon.

Sundby said he was binding the defendant over on all of the Leavenworth County charges. But the judge said Halley has 14 days to file a motion to ask him to reconsider the firearms charge if she can provide additional information.

Arraignment in the case was scheduled for July 14. Ayers will be asked to enter a plea at that time.

Ayers also faces charges in Jackson County, Missouri, for crimes he allegedly committed May 9, 2016, after leaving Leavenworth County. He was apprehended in Kansas City, Missouri.

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