Parolee In Advocate's Death Accused Of Violation

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Topeka man convicted in the 2006 killing of an advocate for the homeless has been jailed on suspicion of violating his parole.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports 43-year-old John Ray Cornell was arrested Wednesday. Police said he violated a city ordinance by walking in the street when there was a sidewalk available.

Cornell's bond was set at $200 on the misdemeanor count. But a spokesman for the state Corrections Department says the agency then had Cornell held without bond on a possible parole violation as officials investigate his arrest.

Cornell pleaded guilty to kidnapping and involuntary manslaughter for the death of 38-year-old David Owen near a homeless camp along the Kansas River. Cornell was paroled last October.

Three other people were convicted of first-degree murder in the death.

Posted by Greg Palmer