A preliminary hearing has been continued for a man who is facing a murder charge in connection to a 2017 shooting in Leavenworth.

A preliminary hearing has been continued for a man who is facing a murder charge in connection to a 2017 shooting in Leavenworth.

Ramaun K. Johnson, 31, Leavenworth, appeared Friday in Leavenworth County District Court for what was scheduled to be a preliminary hearing. But the hearing was continued until April 5 at the request of Johnson’s attorney.

Johnson is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Shavar A. Walker.

Walker, 33, Kansas City, Missouri, was shot multiple times in the early morning hours of Dec. 25, 2017, outside of an apartment complex at 507 Vilas St.

Johnson is charged with what is known as felony murder, which is a form of first-degree murder in Kansas.

It is alleged that Walker was killed during the commission of an inherently dangerous felony, distribution of cocaine.

Johnson’s attorney, John Bryant, said Friday that he recently received approval from the State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services for funding for an investigator.

Bryant said it is imperative for the investigator to complete his or her work before the preliminary hearing.

“It is going to affect cross examination of certain witnesses,” Bryant said.

Evidence will be presented during the preliminary hearing, and a judge will decide if the case against Johnson should proceed.

Johnson remains in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail.

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