2017 News Releases

AG Derek Schmidt files attempted murder charge against Mississippi man in Pratt shooting

Release Date: Mar 02, 2017

UPDATE: The time and date for a first appearance has been rescheduled to Friday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m.

PRATT − (March 2, 2017) − A Mississippi man has been charged with attempted first degree murder and related charges, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Schmidt today filed criminal charges against Alex Bridges Deaton, 28, in connection with an incident that occurred yesterday in Pratt. The charges are one count of attempted first degree murder, one count of aggravated robbery, one count of theft and one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. Bond has been set at $5 million.

Deaton is scheduled for a first appearance March 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Pratt County District Court.

Criminal charges are merely accusations.  Individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.     

Any public comments on the prosecution of Deaton are governed by the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3.6, Trial Publicity, and Rule 3.8, Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor. All media requests or inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Attorney General, 120 S.W. 10th, 2nd Floor, Topeka, Kansas 66612, (785) 296-6115.

No additional information is available at this time.

A copy of the complaint is available here: http://bit.ly/2lZP9Z7.

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