Man Charged with Capital Crime in Death of Overland Park Teen

Olathe, Kan. (AP) The man accused of abducting and killing Overland Park teenager Kelsey Smith is now charged with rape and aggravated sodomy, making him eligible for the death penalty.

But Johnson County prosecutor Phill Kline said he has not yet decided if he will seek the death penalty for 26-year-old Edwin Hall of Olathe.

Hall already had been charged with kidnapping and murdering the 18-year-old Smith, but the rape and sodomy charges make the slaying
a capital crime under Kansas law.

Smith was kidnapped June second from the parking lot of an Overland Park Target store. Her body was found four days later in a Missouri park, 20 miles east of the abduction site.

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