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Updated: Kansas man arrested in fatal shooting of Evanston man

Patrick Svitek, City Editor

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A Kansas man has been charged with fatally shooting an Evanston man last week.

Michael Briscoe, 35, is accused of killing Sem Adrien, 26, on Sept. 9 in Hutchinson, Kan. Adrien, whose address was once listed as the 1700 block of McDaniel Avenue, had finished a temporary job for the Kansas State Fair days before his death.

Briscoe, of the 400 block of East 8th Street, was charged Friday with alternative counts of first-and second-degree murder, according to court records. Under Kansas law, first-degree murder is intentional and premeditated, whereas second-degree murder is intentional but not premeditated.

Briscoe was also charged with drug possession, criminal possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated intimidation of a witness or victim.

On Friday, Briscoe’s attorney appeared in court on behalf of his client. A Reno County judge set Briscoe’s bail at $501,500 and scheduled a status hearing for Wednesday.

At about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, police arrested Briscoe on suspicion of shooting Adrien to death.

Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder said Adrien and Briscoe were “familiar with each other” and had a disagreement before the fatal shooting.

The investigation into Adrien’s slaying is still ongoing, according to police.

Briscoe’s attorney did not return a request for comment this afternoon.

— Patrick Svitek