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1 of 3 co-defendants in Topeka shooting enter plea

October 30, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — One of the three co-defendants in a Topeka shooting death has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 36-year-old Use David Laeli Jr. admitted Friday to reckless involuntary manslaughter and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in an unrelated case. He faces more than 11 years in prison when he’s sentenced in February.

Laeli was accused of ordering the disposal of the pistol used to shoot 28-year-old Xavier Patrick McCollough. Prosecutors say the shooting happened after McCollough was lured in July 2016 to a parking lot, where Laeli and two others waited.

Prosecutors say McCollough then drove out of the lot before crashing into an apartment building. Another suspect was upset because he was dating a woman that McCollough was going to see that night.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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