Attorney: Lawrence murder suspect in court Monday

Mug McLinn

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – An attorney representing a 19-year-old woman charged with killing a Lawrence businessman says she’ll have her first court appearance Monday.

Defense attorney Carl Cornwell said Friday that Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn has a hearing set for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Douglas County District Court before District Judge Paula Martin.

McLinn is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Harold Sasko.

Sasko owned pizza restaurants in Lawrence and Topeka. McLinn was an employee, and Sasko’s relatives have said he let her move into his home while she was having personal problems.

She was arrested in Florida but declined to fight extradition. Cornwell declined to say when she would return to Kansas.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson’s office also is declining to comment until McLinn has returned.

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