Witnesses:  Suspect in Topeka triple slaying  was forced to take part

September 29, 2017 - 10:33 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Witnesses have testified that three people were killed in a Kansas drug home over a rape allegation and that one of the suspects was forced to participate to save his life.

The details about the case were revealed during a preliminary hearing that ended Wednesday with a judge finding sufficient evidence for Shane Mays, 19, Brian Flowers, 33, and Joseph Lowry, 31, to be tried on charges that include first-degree murder. Two other people also are charged in the killings.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that witness Richard Folsom testified that Mays was told he had to take part in the killings in March in Topeka to "dirty his hands."

A detective testified that the violence stemmed from an unproven rape allegation.

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