The man accused of killing a Southwestern College student last year has been extradited from California and was booked into the Cowley County Jail, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Deuntae M. Markham, 21, of Wichita, is charged with second-degree murder in the December 2019 death of Gabriel Luna, 32, in Winfield.
Sheriff David Falletti said Tuesday afternoon that Markham had been released from jail on $100,000 bond.
Luna was shot Dec. 18 in his apartment at 1711 Fowler St., on the campus of Southwestern College in Winfield and died from his injuries two days later in a Wichita hospital, a KBI press release states.
Luna graduated from high school in Haysville and was a business administration and sports management major at Southwestern, according to a 2019 article in the Southwestern Collegian newspaper.
The Winfield Police Department asked the KBI to assist in the investigation, and the KBI obtained a warrant to arrest Markham. He was taken into custody on Aug. 3 by the San Francisco Police Department in downtown San Francisco. He was returned Sunday to Kansas when extradition proceedings concluded, the KBI said.
“Markham was charged with suspected second-degree murder for the unintentional but reckless killing of Luna,” the release states. “Charges are accusations, and all individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”
The case was investigated by the KBI, the Winfield Police Department and the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office. The Cowley County Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case.