Police file 1st Degree Murder charges against Wichita man

Cornel Antoine McLean, charged Nov. 21, 2014 with raping then burning a woman in a public park in Wichita.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Prosecutors have filed attempted capital murder charges against a Wichita man accused of raping a woman and setting her on fire at a public park.

Bond was set Friday at $250,000 for Cornell A. McNeal during his first court appearance on charges stemming from the Nov. 14 attack. The 26-year-old Wichita man also was charged with rape and arson after allegedly setting fires at the park and at a garage on that same day.

The Sedgwick County Public Defender’s Office says it has not yet assigned him a lawyer, and a woman who answered the phone at his house declined to comment.

Firefighters were responding to a late-night grass fire at Fairmount Park when they found the 36-year-old victim with severe burns on more than half her body.

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