The man charged with capital murder in the May 9 killing of Kansas City, Kan., police detective Brad Lancaster made his first court appearance Friday in Wyandotte County.
Curtis Ayers was not required to enter a plea at the brief hearing in front of Wyandotte County District Judge Bill Klapper.
Defense attorneys Mark Manna and Jeff Dazey, who specialize in death penalty cases, represented Ayers, 29.
Supporters of both Lancaster and Ayers attended the brief hearing. Ayers answered several questions from Klapper, including whether he had met with his lawyers and understood the charges against him.
“Yes, sir,” Ayers said.
As Klapper read the capital murder charge, a woman setting next to Lancaster’s widow put her arms around Jamie Lancaster’s shoulders.
Ayers waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days. His next court date was set for July 20.
Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman said he has received the police investigation file and anticipates filing additional charges.
Ayers currently faces nine felonies in connection with a crime binge that started with the shooting of Lancaster, 39, near Kansas Speedway. Lancaster was assisting other officers called to the area after Ayers was seen looking into vehicles outside nearby Hollywood Casino.
After Lancaster was shot, Ayers allegedly fled in the detective’s unmarked police car. He then allegedly carjacked a woman’s vehicle and stole another man’s car in Tonganoxie, Kan.
Later that afternoon he allegedly shot a woman in Kansas City in another alleged carjacking attempt. A Kansas City police officer shot Ayers moments after that attempted carjacking.
Ayers was hospitalized in Kansas City until Monday.