UPDATE: Suspect in Lawrence homicide now back in Kansas

By: WIBW / Associated Press
By: WIBW / Associated Press

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Douglas County Jail Officer Jackson says Sarah Gonzales McLinn has a bond set at $1 million dollars.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says McLinn was transferred to the custody of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office early Saturday morning and is now being held at the county jail. She will have her first appearance on Monday.

Branson also stated that any charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

McLinn appeared in Miami-Dade court Thursday for an extradition hearing. She is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Harold Sasko.

Sasko owned pizza restaurants in Lawrence and Topeka. McLinn was an employee, and Sasko's relatives have said he let her move into his home while she was having personal problems.

He was found dead on January 17 after officers visited his home to check on McLinn, who her family said had not seen her for days.
She was arrested in Florida and declined to fight extradition.

Investigators said Gonzales McLinn was found at about 10:30 Saturday night sleeping in the backseat of a car parked at the Visitors Center of Everglades National Park.

Detectives said they think they have the murder weapon.

Reports indicate Gonzales McLinn was found with guns, knives and drugs in the car.

Gonzales McLinn could face the death penalty if convicted.


An attorney representing a 19-year-old woman charged with killing a Lawrence businessman says she'll have her first court appearance Monday.

Defense attorney Carl Cornwell said Friday that Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn has a hearing set for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Douglas County District Court before District Judge Paula Martin.

McLinn is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Harold Sasko.

Sasko owned pizza restaurants in Lawrence and Topeka. McLinn was an employee, and Sasko's relatives have said he let her move into his home while she was having personal problems.

She was arrested in Florida but declined to fight extradition. Cornwell declined to say when she would return to Kansas.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson's office also is declining to comment until McLinn has returned.


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