BTK Prosecutor Faces Challenger in Bitter Race

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ When the BTK killer pleaded guilty in 2005 to 10 killings, few were as eager to grab the accolades as the prosecutor who put him behind bars.

But Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston's fleeting fame in that notorious case may hold little sway with her naysayers this election. She's trying to hang on to a public office that she has held for 20 years.

For the first time in 16 years, the 57-year-old Democrat faces a challenger, Republican Mark Schoenhofer. The 47-year-old defense attorney has made soaring crime statistics in Wichita the centerpiece of his campaign.

Schoenhofer also chides Foulston for spending more than $100,000 of taxpayer money between 2003 and 2008 for posh furnishings for the district attorney's office.

Foulston says the staff is entitled to a place that looks good and is professional.

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