2015 News Releases

Kingman man found guilty of murder

Release Date: May 14, 2015

KINGMAN – (May 14, 2015) – A Kingman County jury today found Dean Alan Cowles, 48, of Kingman, guilty of second-degree intentional murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

 Cowles was found guilty of one count of second-degree intentional murder in the death of Curtis Shelton. The charges stemmed from a crime committed in February of 2014. Judge Larry T. Solomon presided over the trial. Sentencing has been set for June 15 at 1:30 p.m. in Kingman County District Court.

In March, a second defendant, Jeffrey Hartpence, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with this crime. Hartpence’s sentencing is scheduled for June 5 at 1:30 p.m.

 The case was investigated by the Kingman Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant Attorneys General Amy Hanley and Lyndzie Carter of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.

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