WICHITA, Kan. — Two men accused of murder appeared in a Sedgwick County courtroom on Tuesday.

In the first case, a 22-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly shot three men in a car on Thursday near 53rd Street North and Meridian.

Adam Ray was charged with one count of second-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of possession of methamphetamine in connection with the shooting, which left one man dead and two critically injured.

Police have said Ray shot the three men in the head with a handgun because he thought they were trying to collect drug money he owed. According to court documents, 21-year-old Omar Garcia died at the scene.

After initially fleeing, Ray later returned to turn himself in, police have said.

Ray, appearing over a closed-circuit television monitor from the Sedgwick County Jail, asked no questions of Judge Jeff Goering in court Tuesday. He has hired attorney Sal Intagliata to represent him.

Ray is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 10.

In the second case, a 41-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder in connection with a May homicide at a party at Parrot-fa-Nalia, near Hillside and George Washington Boulevard.

Grover James also appeared before Goering over closed-circuit television. He asked no questions as Goering read him the charges: one count of first-degree murder and one count of criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Police have said James got into an argument at a private party at Parrot’s Party Place, a rental space beside the Parrot-fa-Nalia Unique Boutique, on May 9. The argument escalated into gunfire, police have said.

One of the bullets struck Leon McClennon, 17, in the head, killing him. McClennon, a student at Wichita West High School, had no criminal history and was not involved in James’ argument, police have said.

James is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail on a $500,000 bond. He is next scheduled to appear on Nov. 10.

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The Wichita Eagle – By Matt Reidl

WICHITA, Kan. – Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered attorneys Dan Monnat and Sal Intagliata have been honored among the region’s most distinguished criminal defense attorneys by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2015. Only 5 percent of all attorneys are included in the Super Lawyers list.

Dan Monnat has practiced in Wichita for more than 38 years. A graduate of California State University, Monnat earned a Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law and is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College.

Monnat currently sits on the Kansas Association for Justice’ Board of Editors and is the Criminal Law Chair.  He is a Fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Litigation Counsel of America, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He is a Life Member and past Board Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as a two-term past president of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Sal Intagliata returned to the firm in 2010. His 20 years in practice include 16 years in private practice and 4 years as Sedgwick County Assistant District Attorney prosecuting crimes in the Gangs/Violent Crimes Division. His practice remains focused on criminal, white-collar criminal and DUI offenses and appeals in federal, state and municipal courts throughout Kansas.

Intagliata serves on the Kansas Judicial Council Criminal Law Subcommittee and the Board of Governors of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a past vice president of the Wichita Bar Association, a past member of its Board of Governors, and past Chair of its Criminal Practice Division.

Intagliata earned his bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from the University of Kansas, graduating with dual majors in political science and Spanish. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law. He is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College.