Boyfriend charged in deaths of Kansas woman, unborn child

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Devonte Dominique Wash (KCTV/Johnson County Sheriff's Office) Devonte Dominique Wash (KCTV/Johnson County Sheriff's Office)
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -

Johnson County authorities charged a 26-year-old Kansas City, Kansas man with capital murder in the deaths of a woman who was pregnant with his son.

The Kansas City Star reports Devonte Dominique Wash will face the death penalty if he is convicted in the January death of 23-year-old Ashley Harlan of Olathe.

She was found shot to death at her home. Harlan was about 20 weeks pregnant when she died.

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Kansas allows seeking a capital murder charge if the defendant knowingly or purposely killed or created a great risk of death to more than one person.

Friends told the Star that Harlan moved from Manhattan to Olathe in early January to be nearer to Wash. She was living with her grandfather when she was killed.

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Friends say a pregnant Kansas woman whose death is being investigated as a homicide had expected to learn the gender of her baby on the day she died.

The Kansas City Star reports that 23-year-old Ashley Harlan was found dead Tuesday inside an Olathe townhome. She had moved to the Kansas City suburb from Manhattan, Kansas, to be nearer to her baby's father earlier this month.

Her friend, 23-year-old Tabitha Brown, said she was to be the godmother to Harlan's child and planned to go to the ultrasound appointment with Harlan. She said Harlan never did learn the sex of her baby.

Another friend, 22-year-old Kaitlin Beeton, says Harlan had been "doing so well, working hard on her future."

Police didn't immediately say whether a suspect has been identified.


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