Another suspect connected to deaths of Wichita couple pleads guilty

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Christine Marie Tenney Christine Marie Tenney
Sonny and Pauline Carpenter Sonny and Pauline Carpenter
From left: Kimberly Younger, Michael Fowler, Rusty Frasier From left: Kimberly Younger, Michael Fowler, Rusty Frasier

Another suspect charged in connection to the deaths of a couple who disappeared from a Kansas county fair has pleaded guilty. 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said 39-year-old Christine Tenney on Tuesday pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and obstructing apprehension. Sentencing has yet to be scheduled. 

Tenney, of La Marque, Texas, was charged in connection with the July 2018 deaths of Alfred "Sonny" Carpenter and Pauline Carpenter, both of Wichita. In March, 54-year-old Michael Fowler, Jr., of Sarasota, Florida, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder and one count of theft in the case.

The couple's bodies were discovered in shallow graves near Van Buren, Arkansas. Prosecutors say the Carpenters were killed at the Barton County Fair, where they were vendors. The suspects worked for the carnival company at the fair.

Investigators say one suspect posed as a carnival mafia boss and ordered the other suspects to kill the couple. Police have said the "carnival mafia" does not exist.

Related charges against three others remain pending.

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