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Hoisington man pleads guilty to second degree intentional murder

Release Date: Apr 11, 2019

GREAT BEND – (April 11, 2019) – A Hoisington man today pleaded guilty to second degree intentional murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Chaz Stephens, 26, pleaded guilty to the charge in Barton County District Court. District Judge Mike Keeley accepted the plea. Sentencing is scheduled for June 3 at 1:30 p.m.

As part of the plea agreement, Schmidt agreed to dismiss the remaining lesser charges in the case.

Stephens was charged with the crime in connection with the March 2018 death of his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter in Hoisington.

The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Hoisington Police Department and the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from several other law enforcement agencies. Assistant Attorney General Lyndzie Carter and Assistant Attorney General Adam Zentner of Schmidt’s office are prosecuting the case.

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