Hearing continued in murder case

Staff Writer
The Leavenworth Times
Ramaun K. Johnson

A hearing in the case of a Leavenworth man accused of murder has been continued.

A hearing concerning a statement Ramaun K. Johnson made to police had been scheduled for Friday afternoon. But Johnson’s attorney, John Bryant, requested a continuance.

That hearing has not been rescheduled. But a status hearing in Johnson’s case is now scheduled for Sept. 11.

Johnson, 32, 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 in the 500 block of Vilas Street.

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

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

Prosecutors are not necessarily alleging that Johnson shot Walker. But Johnson is alleged to have been involved in a drug deal that led to Walker’s death.

Bryant is arguing that Johnson was interviewed by police at a time when he was not able to fully comprehend the waiver of his Miranda rights. The defense attorney argues Johnson’s statement was therefore not voluntary and should be suppressed.

Bryant requested the continuance Friday because he wants to arrange for an expert on issues involving substance abuse to testify during the hearing. Bryant believes the witness’ testimony will have a bearing on the defense motion concerning Johnson’s statement.