Atchison man competent to stand trial

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) – A judge has ruled that an Atchison man is competent to be tried for murder in the death of a 5-year-old girl during a police chase.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby ruled Wednesday that Marcas McGowan is able to stand trial for first-degree murder and several other felony charges in the July 18 death of Candence Harris.

Authorities allege McGowan abducted the girl from a home they shared with the girl’s mother in Atchison. Cadence was found dead from a gunshot in McGowan’s car after a police chase ended when McGowan was shot after he pointed a gun at officers.

The Leavenworth Times reports McGowan’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 20.

McGowan is being held in Leavenworth County Jail on $1 million bond.

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