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Hearing postponed for defendant in 2017 Topeka triple murder

August 24, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A plea hearing for man charged in a 2017 triple murder in Topeka has been rescheduled.

The Capital-Journal reports that a judge on Friday pushed the hearing for 20-year-old Shane Mays to Oct. 24.

Mays — one of five people charged in the case — initially faced two counts of first-degree murder. Court records show prosecutors agreed to reduce his charges to second-degree murder and aggravated battery in exchange for testifying against Kora Liles, who was sentenced in May to three life terms. Joseph Aaron Krahn also received three life terms last November. Joseph Lowry was sentenced in July to 138 years in prison, and Brian Flowers is awaiting a hearing on a request to withdraw his guilty pleas to two counts of murder.

Investigators say 19-year-old Matthew Leavitt, 20-year-old Luke Patrick Davis and 38-year-old Nicole Star Fisher were strangled in March 2017; Davis was also stabbed.

Mays’ attorney has argued that Mays was forced to participate in the killings.

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

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