Wichita man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend, setting house on fire

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House fire on Ash Street Friday, June 2, 2017 | Courtesy Wichita Fire Department House fire on Ash Street Friday, June 2, 2017 | Courtesy Wichita Fire Department
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A 29-year-old man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend and setting her house on fire earlier this year. 

Dane Wright last week pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated arson and three counts of child endangerment. 

Reyona Caldwell's body was found inside a burning home at 321 North Ash on Friday, June 2. An autopsy determined she was bludgeoned and her home set on fire. 

A large puddle of what appeared to be blood and a can of gasoline were also found in the basement. 

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According to a probable cause affidavit, one of Caldwell's children said Wright picked them up to take to breakfast, then left them in the car while he went back in the house. 

The children were later found in a South Wichita hotel. Wright was arrested nearby.  

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