Woman convicted in 2017 killings of 3 people in Kansas

Found guilty on 11 criminal charges, 3 of first-degree murder

June 21, 2018 - 4:48 am
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A Kansas woman accused of participating in the deaths of three people who were strangled or smothered with trash bags has been convicted of first-degree murder and other charges.

Thirty-two-year-old Kora Liles was found guilty Wednesday of 11 counts, including three counts of first-degree murder.

She was one of five people charged in the March 2017 deaths of 19-year-old Matthew Leavitt, 38-year-old Nicole Fisher and 20-year-old Luke Davis in a Topeka basement.

Police said the violence stemmed from an unproven rape allegation against Leavitt.

Prosecutors said Liles, of Topeka, orchestrated the slayings, while defense attorneys argued that other defendants killed the victims.

Liles will be sentenced Sept. 5.

Joseph Krahn, who prosecutors say killed the three victims, is serving three consecutive life terms. The other three defendants are awaiting trial.

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