A Topeka man charged with shooting another man to death will claim self-defense at his trial next month.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the attorney for 22-year-old William Spangler discussed planned the self-defense claim during a hearing Friday in Shawnee County District Court.
Spangler is charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the March shooting death of 22-year-old Faustino Martinez of Wichita. Martinez was shot at an apartment building a short distance west of the Statehouse.
Spangler turned himself in to police less than seven hours after the shooting. Police said Spangler was seen leaving the apartment building and was possibly armed with a rifle.
Spangler was free on bond on a charge tied to a bar fight when Martinez was killed.