Man to be tried for murder in death of 100-year-old woman

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man will be tried for first-degree murder in the death of a 100-year-old Wichita woman he is also accused of raping.

A Sedgwick County judge ruled Wednesday that an autopsy report and previous testimony provided enough evidence to try 36-year-old Kasey Nesbitt for murder in the October 2014 death of Martha Schell.

The Wichita Eagle reports the autopsy found Schell died from a blood clot that formed after the attack, which left her with a broken back and other injuries that made her immobile.

Nesbitt also is charged with rape and aggravated burglary.

Defense attorney Val Wachtel argued in court Wednesday that prosecutors had not provided probable cause for the murder charge.

Nesbitt has pleaded not guilty. He is being held on $300,000 bond.


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