Aaron Suiter Charge Changed To First-Degree-Murder

Aaron Suiter charged with First-Degree-Murder for the death of Bryena “Kat Ina Hat” McQuitty

  • Suiter was arrested and charged with Second-Degree-Murder on Sunday

  • On Wednesday Suiter was charged with First-Degree-Murder

  • Suiter’s preliminary hearing is on December 13

On Sunday, police in Wichita responded to a report of a woman not breathing on the 800 block of North Litchfield. Upon arrival, police found 25-year-old Bryena “Kat Ina Hat” McQuitty unresponsive with signs of trauma.

McQuitty’s boyfriend, 33-year-old Aaron Suiter was arrested and charged with Second-Degree-Murder. On Wednesday, Suiter appeared in front of a judge for the first time. Suiter now faces one count of First-Degree-Murder. Suiter’s preliminary hearing is on December 13.

Second-Degree-Murder is defined as “a non-premeditated killing, resulting from an assault in which death of the victim was a distinct possibility. Second degree murder is different from First Degree Murder which is a premeditated, intentional killing, or results from a vicious crime such as arson, rape, or armed robbery. Exact distinctions on degree vary by state.”

First-Degree-Murder is defined, although it varies from state to state, as “a killing which is deliberate and premeditated (planned, after lying in wait, by poison or as part of a scheme), in conjunction with felonies such as rape, burglary, arson, involving multiple deaths, the killing of certain types of people (such as a child, a police officer, a prison guard, a fellow prisoner), or with certain weapons, particularly a gun. The specific criteria for first degree murder are established by statute in each state and by the United States Code in federal prosecutions. It is distinguished from second degree murder in which premeditation is usually absent, and from manslaughter which lacks premeditation and suggests that at most there was intent to harm rather than to kill.”

At this time, the specifics as to why Suiter was upgraded from Second-Degree to First-Degree remain unclear, although there could be multiple reasons for the prosecutor’s decision. Suiter is still being held on $300,000 bond, which is the same from his initial arrest.

Original Story

In Wichita, Kansas, 33-year-old Aaron Suiter has been charged with 2nd-Degree-Murder after police responded to a report of a woman not breathing on the 800 block of North Litchfield.

Police arrived at the residence at around 11:00 am on Sunday and found Suiter’s 25-year-old girlfriend, Bryena “Kat Ina Hat” McQuitty, unresponsive. Lt. Todd Ojile said, “Trauma was located on the female.”
Verbal Argument

During the investigation, it was learned that the female and her boyfriend came home in the early morning hours on Sunday. There was a loud verbal argument. Sometime either during this argument or shortly thereafter, the female was assaulted and killed by the boyfriend.

Suiter was booked into Sedgwick County Jail on Sunday and held without bond on Monday morning. Suiter is currently held on a $300,000 bond.

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