Johnson County Grand Jury Hands Down 10 Indictments

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ A Johnson County grand jury has handed down 10 indictments.

Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline says eight of the indictments remain sealed, pending arrest warrants.

Two indictments were unsealed this morning. The first is a felony DUI case against Cynthia Hein, 44, of Overland Park, who was also charged with driving on a suspended license.

A second indictment, against Shawn Elliott, 30, of Lenexa, was handed down by the grand jury for aggravated battery / reckless driving / bodily harm, a felony, as well as two related misdemeanors.

The grand jury was seated on Monday to examine obscenity cases in Johnson County, but under Kansas law is not limited in the types of cases it may investigate.

Last year, a Shawnee County grand jury handed down a number of indictments on a broad range of cases ranging from computer fraud to murder. Courts have since ruled that Kansas grand juries have the authority to indict even in cases unrelated to the purpose for which they are initially convened.

Under Kansas law, the ongoing proceedings and deliberations of the grand jury are secret. The accusations in the indictments are mere allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent.


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