Leftwich Charges Allege Second Incident, Victim

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The man arrested for the hit and run that killed 18-year old Brenna Morgart last Friday is now officially charged.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor's office filed the charges around 4 pm Thursday. The charges indicate a second alleged incident and victim.

In a news release, the DA's office says Dustin Leftwich faces five counts for incidents in rural Shawnee County May 25, 2012 and June 29, 2011.

Chief of Staff Lee McGowan told 13 News that Leftwich faces four counts for Morgart's death: first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and false information or report concerning an accident. Prosecutors also filed a fifth count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. McGowan said the weapon in that incident was a motor vehicle and it involved a separate victim, not Morgart. The victim is identified in the charging documents by initials, with a birth date in 1996..

Authorities say Leftwich hit Morgart in the 6800 block of NW Jennings Road last Friday then moved her body to a field about three miles away, in the 6600 block of Huxman Road.

The Shawnee County Sheriff's office says they were led to Leftwich through a call from his parents.

As to why they consider this first degree murder, McGowan would only say prosecutors will present evidence at the preliminary hearing to show why they believe this was an intentional and premeditated act.

Leftwich is due back in court June 5th for a hearing on his request for court-appointed counsel. He remains in the Shawnee County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Taylor was not available for comment Thursday.


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