A plea hearing for a 20-year-old man accused in the shooting death of a Shawnee gun store co-owner was postponed Thursday until Sept. 18.
Deanthony Wiley had been scheduled to plead guilty Thursday afternoon in Johnson County District Court.
He faces a first-degree murder charge in the Jan. 9 botched robbery and shootout that mortally wounded Jon Bieker at She’s A Pistol in the 5700 block of Nieman Road.
Defense attorneys said that they needed additional time to review sentencing documents but that Wiley still plans to admit to his role in the crime.
Authorities contend that Wiley was the first of the four robbers to walk into She’s A Pistol that Friday afternoon. Wiley allegedly pretended he wanted to buy a gun before he and three others tried to hold up the shop. A shootout erupted that mortally wounded Bieker and injured three of the would-be robbers.
Bieker’s wife, Becky Bieker, was punched in the face before the shooting started.
Police arrested two wounded suspects at the store and tracked two other alleged robbers to a house about a block away. Wiley, Nicquan K. Midgyett, 20, Hakeem W. Malik, 19, and Londro E. Patterson, 20, are all charged with first-degree murder.
Dressed in a black-and-white jail outfit, Wiley smiled at relatives Thursday as entered the courtroom. He did not make eye contact with Becky Bieker, who had arrived minutes earlier with supporters. She left the courthouse without addressing reporters.
Other defendants have court appearances scheduled for Sept. 14, according to court records.