2018 News Releases

Neodesha man pleads guilty to murder

Release Date: May 22, 2018

FREDONIA – (May 22, 2018) – A Neodesha man today pleaded guilty to reckless second-degree murder and other charges in the death of Michael P. Elam, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Dejay Lynn Schlegel, 37, pleaded guilty in Wilson County District Court to one count of murder in the second degree–reckless, one count of arson, one count of interference with law enforcement, and one count of theft. Judge David W. Rogers accepted the pleas and scheduled sentencing for August 8 at 1:30 p.m. The crimes occurred on December 13, 2016.

The case was investigated by the Neodesha Police Department and Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorney General Jessica Domme of Schmidt’s office is prosecuting the case.

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