Kansas Capital Murder Defendant To Enter Plea

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Topeka man charged with rape and capital murder in the death of an 18-year-old jogger is preparing to enter a plea in the case.

Twenty-one-year-old Dustin Leftwich previously pleaded not guilty to killing Brenna Morgart last May and dumping her body several miles from where she was hit by a vehicle.

Prosecutors and a defense lawyer told a Shawnee County judge on Tuesday that Leftwich will enter a plea Thursday. He had been scheduled for a motions hearing that day.

Morgart was killed May 25, five days after she graduated with honors from Seaman High School.

Leftwich was initially accused of committing premeditated first-degree murder by hitting Morgart with his vehicle. Prosecutors amended the charges in November to include rape and capital murder.

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