KINGMAN – (March 10, 2015) – A Harper County man today pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Jeffrey Hartpence, 36, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Curtis Shelton. The crime occurred in February 2014 in Kingman County. Judge Larry T. Solomon accepted the plea in Kingman County District Court. Sentencing is scheduled for June 5 at 1:30 p.m.
A second defendant, Dean Cowles, has also been charged in connection with the crime. Cowles’ trial is scheduled to begin on May 11 in Kingman County District Court. Charges against Cowles are merely accusations. Individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kingman County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant Attorneys General Amy Hanley and Lyndzie Carter of Schmidt’s office are prosecuting the case.