Topeka police announce arrest in 2017 killing

October 01, 2020 - 1:16 pm

A Topeka man is now in custody and facing charges for a killing that happened more than three years ago. Authorities on Thursday announced that Javon A. Smith, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery.

Police say Smith was arrested Thursday. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney. On March 4, 2017, Topeka police found five people injured in a shooting. 

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One of them, Kianna C. Hodge, 18, was found in a vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The other four victims survived.

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