AG: Man accused of killing 5 in Kansas to be tried 1st in Missouri

This handout photo provided by the Montgomery County Jail shows Pablo Serrano-Vitorino. The Mexican national suspected of killing his neighbor and three other men at his neighbor's Kansas home before killing another man about 170 miles away in Missouri was arrested early Wednesday, March 9, 2016, authorities said. (Montgomery County Jail via AP)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s attorney general says a Mexican national accused of killing one man in that state and four others in Kansas will be prosecuted first in Missouri.

Attorney General Chris Koster said Thursday that his office has been asked by Montgomery County’s district attorney to assist in Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino’s prosecution on a first-degree murder count related to the killing Tuesday of 49-year-old Randy Nordman.

Serrano-Vitorino is also charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the Monday killing of his neighbor and three other men at his neighbor’s home in Kansas City, Kansas. A spokesman for that county’s prosecutor says he’s unaware of any arrangement between the two states involving Serrano-Vitorino’s prosecution.

But a Koster spokeswoman, Nanci Goder, tells The Associated Press that “we intend to keep him in the state of Missouri through the trial.”\

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