A man found wounded at the scene of a double homicide in Lenexa last week has been charged with killing the victims.
Alex Wayne Brune made an initial court appearance Thursday on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated robbery.
Brune is accused of killing Brian S. Baskind, 47, and Baskind’s stepfather, Clifford E. Preston, 79, on July 9.
Police discovered their bodies inside a house in the 8500 block of Hallet Street.
Brune, 27, called 911 that night to report that he had been shot. He told dispatchers that he did not know the address, but they were able to track his cellphone location, police said. When officers talked to Brune outside the house, he told them about the other men inside.
Brune was hospitalized after the incident. On Wednesday he was taken into custody and moved to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held in lieu of a $2 million bond.
The charges allege that Brune broke into the home and attempted to rob the men. According to court documents, the killings were premeditated or committed during an “inherently dangerous felony.”
Authorities have not said if Brune knew the victims or how he was injured.
Baskind was a salesman for Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City in Merriam. Preston was chairman of the board of Preston Refrigeration in Kansas City, Kan.
During Thursday’s appearance in Johnson County District Court, Brune was not required to enter a plea and told the judge that he intended to hire an attorney.
Authorities said the investigation is continuing.
Prosecutors do not have to announce if they will seek a death sentence until after a preliminary hearing.
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