Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Defendant Appears in Court

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Defendant Appears in Court

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The fifth defendant in the triple-slaying that occurred March 12 at a North Topeka home made her first appearance Thursday on two murder charges and four other offenses.

Shawnee County District Judge William Ossmann read the charges to defendant Kora Liles, 31. She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.

To be released from Shawnee County Jail, Liles must post a $1 million professional surety or cash bond, Ossmann told Liles.

Liles will next be in court Oct. 5 at a criminal assignment docket. Ossmann assigned Topeka lawyer Kevin Shepherd to defend Liles.

Matthew Leavitt, 19, Nicole Fisher, 38, and Luke Davis, 20, all of Topeka, were found dead March 12 in the basement of a home at 115 N. …

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