Death row inmate convicted in Wichita murder dies in prison

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — A man who was sentenced to Kansas death row for the decapitation of a Wichita woman has died in prison.

The Kansas Department of Corrections says 54-year-old Doug Belt died Wednesday afternoon at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

Spokesman Adam Pfannenstiel says the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has been notified, which is routine when an inmate dies. No other information on the death was released.

Belt was sentenced to death in the 2002 killing of Lucille Gallegos, who was sexually assaulted and decapitated at a Wichita apartment complex where she worked as a housekeeper.

He was convicted of intentional and premeditated killing in the commission of, or subsequent to rape.


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