Man pleads guilty in Derby mother's death, teen's stabbing

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

WICHITA, Kan. -- The man accused of killing a Derby mother and stabbing her teenage son last year has pleaded guilty to the crimes.

Charles A. Beck Jr., 40, suffocated to death Lonnie Staggs in her home in Derby on September 1, 2013. He also tried to strangle the woman’s 15-year-old son with a cord. He did cut the boy’s face and neck with a knife before the boy ran to a bedroom and shut the door.

Beck pleaded guilty Friday to charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. He will be sentenced May 21.


Previous story – Sept. 5, 2013:

The man accused of killing a Derby mother and stabbing her teenage son earlier this week was charged today with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Charles Alfred Beck, Jr., 40, is accused of strangling Lonnie Staggs and attempting to strangle and then stabbing her 15-year-old son, Nathan, court documents said. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 19.

Police were originally called to a disturbance just before 10 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of North Nixon Street, near K-15 and 71st Street South.

The mother was taken to a Wichita hospital in extremely critical condition where she later died. Her son was released after being treated for a stab wound to the neck.

Beck was arrested Sunday evening in Houston County, Missouri.


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