Another suspect pleads guilty in Kansas carnival vendors' deaths

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From left: Kimberly Younger, Michael Fowler, Rusty Frasier From left: Kimberly Younger, Michael Fowler, Rusty Frasier
Christine Marie Tenney Christine Marie Tenney
Sonny and Pauline Carpenter Sonny and Pauline Carpenter
GREAT BEND, Kan. (KAKE) -

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

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday that Rusty Lee Frasier pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree premeditated murder. Also on Monday, 32-year-old Thomas Donald Drake, of Van Buren, Arkansas, pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing apprehension.

In May, 39-year-old Christine Tenney, of La Marque, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery and one count of obstructing apprehension in the case. 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.

Sentencing is pending in all cases.

The bodies of Alfred "Sonny" Carpenter and Pauline Carpenter of Wichita were discovered last July 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.

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