For the first time since May 9 — the day he allegedly killed police detective Brad Lancaster — Curtis Ayers was back in Wyandotte County on Wednesday.
He arrived in a Wyandotte County sheriff’s office patrol car about 11:25 a.m. and soon was booked into the Wyandotte County jail, one day after he waived his right to fight extradition from Jackson County.
The 29-year-old Tonganoxie man is charged with capital murder and could face the death penalty for the fatal shooting of Lancaster.
Ayers is also charged in Wyandotte County with aggravated battery and two counts each of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and kidnapping for a series of crimes he allegedly committed after the detective was shot near Kansas Speedway.
Prosecutors in Jackson and Leavenworth counties have also charged Ayers for crimes that occurred in their counties later on the day that Lancaster was fatally shot.
He was arrested that day after shooting a driver shortly before a Kansas City police officer shot him near Bannister Road and Bruce R. Watkins Drive.
Ayers was hospitalized for six weeks in Kansas City until his discharge Monday.
Lancaster, a 39-year-old father of two daughters, was investigating a suspicious-person call with other officers when he was shot.
Ayers then allegedly stole the officer’s car and went on a rampage of other crimes before he was shot.
Ayers’ first court appearance in Wyandotte County is set for Friday afternoon. His bond is set at $10 million.
Sgt. David Toland, a spokesman for the Wyandotte County sheriff’s office, said Wednesday that Ayers would be checked out by jail medical staff first and then be assigned to a one-person cell in the medical unit.
Ayers was in a wheelchair when he made a brief appearance Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Despite the high-profile nature of his case, Toland said Ayers would be treated just like any other inmate.