NOTED: Copaganda Media Outlet WIBW did not report on this outcome of a case they have reported on since 2020.
Tim Hrenchir and the Topeka Capital-Journal informed some of this article.
Jurors on Thursday found a 31-year-old Topeka man not guilty of all counts on charges linked to the 2020 killing of a woman found dead after shots were fired at a nearby vehicle along S.W. Gage Boulevard.
DA Mike Kagay hung his head in shame as he heard the news. He has yet again lost one of his wrongful prosecutions of an innocent person, a theme in his office and staff that has seen at least one of his coworkers disbarred.
Shawnee County District Judge Bill Ossmann shortly after 3 p.m. read the verdict, which said Tony Reece Dante Baird had been found not guilty of one count each of premeditated first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, aggravated assault and the criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle.
Judge Ossman, unlike Judge Rios who has presided over one of Kagays other false prosecution cases (Dana Chandler’s trial) has been a judge for a long time, and must not need the political help from the young and delusional DA Mike Kagay.
The verdict came after about five and a half hours of deliberations by a jury that consisted of 10 men and two women. It drew emotional responses from supporters of Baird and the prosecution.
In the case involved, Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said Topeka police were dispatched late Aug. 5, 2020, to the site of a shooting outside the Valero gas station, 1161 S.W. Gage Blvd., where officers learned a man had exited a black SUV and shot at a red vehicle that was leaving the gas station.
Testimoney from other suspects and people at the scene testified that that was not entirely true, Kagay put them on the stand anyway.
During a neighborhood canvass, police discovered the 62-year-old Ross dead with a gunshot wound to the neck next to her home at 1190 S.W. Gage, Kagay said.
Kagay made himself unavailable for comment after losing another case where he tried to knowingly convict an innocent person of a crime.