Topeka Man Wants To Withdraw Plea In 18 Year-Old Jogger's Slaying

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Topeka man who pleaded guilty in the May 2012 murder of an 18-year-old jogger is seeking to withdraw that plea and says his defense attorney ``fear mongered'' him into pleading guilty to avoid a death sentence.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports 22-year-old Dustin Leftwich acted as his own attorney late last month when he filed a motion seeking permission to withdraw the plea and go to trial. He was sentenced in January 2013 to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to seven charges tied to the slaying of Brenna Morgart.

Prosecutors say Morgart was jogging the morning of May 25, 2012, when Leftwich struck her with his car, forced her into his truck and tried to rape her before throwing her into a creek.

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