Chaz Stephens makes first court appearance

Faces first degree murder charges

March 24, 2018 - 1:30 am

The person accused of killing Iviona Lewis  had his first court appearance on Friday.

25-year old Chaz Stephens of Hoisington, was arrested and booked earlier this week into Barton County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder. 

Stephens is the boyfriend of Iviona's mother according to authorities.

On Friday, Stephens' charge of second degree murder was upgraded to first-degree murder. Other charges against him include one count of child abuse, one count of felony meth possession and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 5 at 9:00 a.m.

He will remain in custody on one million dollars' bond.

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