Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fight over Madden football video game led to homicide; Wichita man Benjamin Redgate on trial for allegedly killing Luke German

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 9:05 AM

John Madden has blood on his hands.
  • John Madden has blood on his hands.
There's a mess of a murder trial going on now in Wichita that stems from an accusation of cheating between two men playing the Madden football video game last October.

The Wichita Eagle has the sad, sad story of Benjamin Redgate's trial for second-degree murder (Redgate's older brother, Christopher, has already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder).

The incident started when Luke German, 22, accused the Redgate brothers of cheating after losing a game. German was reportedly intoxicated (he showed up to the Redgates' home with beer and K2). German and Chris Redgate got into a shoving match, and Redgate put German in a headlock.

The Eagle reported that Amy Davey testified that Christopher Redgate, her common-law husband and the father of her two toddlers, was kicking German while Benjamin was hitting German with a metal pipe that he called a "Dizzle" stick. (Dizzle is Benjamin Redgate's nickname.)

German was found unconscious outside the Redgates' home; he died two days later. Benjamin Redgate allegedly told everyone to lie to police and say that German went to a liquor store and no one saw anything. Davey, claiming she feared for her safety, complied.

However, Benjamin Redgate's live-in girlfriend, Erika Courson, testified that Christopher Redgate was the main attacker, and Benjamin Redgate was trying to break up the fight.

There are a lot of sad parts to this story, such as Davey and Christopher Redgate splitting their food stamps with Benjamin Redgate and Courson in return for a place to live, and Courson writing "the DA is a bitch" on her Facebook wall. But the saddest is that there were two toddlers living in this environment.

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