Leftwich Charges Allege Second Incident, Victim

By: wibw.com, Topeka Email
By: wibw.com, Topeka Email

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UPDATE: May 31, 2012

The man arrested for the hit and run that killed 18-year old Brenna Morgart last Friday is now officially charged.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor's office filed the charges around 4 pm Thursday. The charges indicate a second alleged incident and victim.

In a news release, the DA's office says Dustin Leftwich faces five counts for incidents in rural Shawnee County May 25, 2012 and June 29, 2011.

Chief of Staff Lee McGowan told 13 News that Leftwich faces four counts for Morgart's death: first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and false information or report concerning an accident. Prosecutors also filed a fifth count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. McGowan said the weapon in that incident was a motor vehicle and it involved a separate victim, not Morgart. The victim is identified in the charging documents by initials, with a birth date in 1996..

Authorities say Leftwich hit Morgart in the 6800 block of NW Jennings Road last Friday then moved her body to a field about three miles away, in the 6600 block of Huxman Road.

The Shawnee County Sheriff's office says they were led to Leftwich through a call from his parents.

As to why they consider this first degree murder, McGowan would only say prosecutors will present evidence at the preliminary hearing to show why they believe this was an intentional and premeditated act.

Leftwich is due back in court June 5th for a hearing on his request for court-appointed counsel. He remains in the Shawnee County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Taylor was not available for comment Thursday.

UPDATE: May 26, 2012

A Topeka man is being charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brenna Morgart.

Dustin Leftwich is also being charged with kidnapping, reckless driving, giving false information, failure to report an accident and failure to stop after an accident.

Morgart,18, was reported missing after she left the family's home on Northwest Timberway Court between 10:00 and 11:00 Friday morning.

Her body was located near Huxman Road at 6:12pm Friday.

Authorities were called to help just before 4:00 Friday afternoon. Many concerned friends and neighbors had already searched for most of the afternoon. A request was made for KHP helicopters to look for her from above and by 5:30pm, the Sheriff's Office requested assistance from the Silver Lake and Soldier Township Fire Departments.

Sheriff Herman T. Jones told 13 News Friday night, that the parents of a 20-year old Topekan, Dustin J. Leftwich, had come to authorities saying their son had been involved in a collision. Sheriff's investigators confirmed the report that his car had struck Morgart that morning.

Brenna's eyeglasses were located near 69th and Jennings Road, which deputies confirmed was the spot where she was struck.

Her body was located in a wooded, closed off area of Huxman Road, quite a distance away. They determined her body was moved away from the scene of the collision and left abandoned in a field near the 6600 Block of NW Huxman Road.

Two Shawnee County CSI teams worked the crime scenes before the Sheriff confirmed Morgart's death late Friday.

A steady stream of stunned friends were coming in and out of Northland Christian Church Friday night, where the popular 18-year old was a Sunday School teacher.

May 26, 2012

The Topeka Seaman High School family is in shock and mourning this weekend, after learning of the hit-and-run death of star student Brenna Morgart.

Brenna, who was 18, had just graduated this month. She was reported missing after she's left the family's home on Northwest Timberway Court between 10:00 and 11:00 Friday morning.

Her body was located near Huxman Road at 6:12pm Friday.

Authorities were called to help just before 4:00 Friday afternoon. Many concerned friends and neighbors had already searched for most of the afternoon. A request was made for KHP helicopters to look for her from above.. and by 5:30pm, the Sheriff's Office requested assistance from the Silver Lake and Soldier Township Fire Departments.

Sheriff Herman T. Jones told 13 News last night, that the parents of a 20-year old Topekan, Dustin J. Leftwich, had come to authorities saying their son had been involved in a collision. Sheriff's investigators confirmed the report that his car had struck Morgart that morning.

Brenna's eyeglasses were located near 69th and Jennings Road, which deputies confirmed was the spot where she was struck.

Her body was located in a wooded, closed off area of Huxman Road, quite a distance away. They determined her body was moved away from the scene of the collision and left abandoned in a field near the 6600 Block of NW Huxman Road.

Two Shawnee County CSI teams worked the crime scenes before the Sheriff confirmed Brenna's death late Friday.

Melissa Brunner reported there was a steady stream of stunned friends coming in and out of Northland Christian Church Friday night, where the popular 18-year old was a Sunday School teacher.

Dustin Leftwich was taken into custody and transported to the LEC for questioning, before he was booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections. The case is still under investigation this weekend, as hit and run charges are reviewed before he's taken to jail.


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