Suspects Connected To Mayetta Murder In Jackson County Court

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JACKSON CO., Kan. (WIBW) - Aaron Lofton and Rachel Hudson first appeared before a magistrate judge January 28 via video monitor from the Jackson County Jail.

Both appeared in court in their first appearance in Jackson County court February 7.

Lofton, of Topeka, and Hudson, of Denison, are charged with two counts each of obstructing prosecution of Lloyd Wabaunsee and Desiree Shopteese.

Tips led law enforcement to the foursome January 17 in Urbandale, Iowa. Police cay Wabaunsee and Shopteese, who are accused in the January 10 shooting death of Kevin Stanley in Mayetta, were hiding in the trunk of a car Lofton was driving. The car was located at a Hy-Vee grocery store parking lot.

In their first in-person court appearance, Lofton and Hudson waived preliminary hearings, which would bring forth evidence for probable cause they committed the crimes.

Judge Micheal Ireland then arraigned the pair, both pleaded not-guilty. He scheduled a March 1 hearing.

"For the next three weeks, we'll be working with their attorneys and attempt to get more information from them, and try to work out some sort of negotiated deal," Jackson County Attorney Shawna Miller said. "We will have a negotiated plea worked out and they'll enter a plea on that day."

Each charge carries a sentence from seven to 23 months in prison, depending on the defendant's criminal history.

The judge also denied a request to lower Hudson's bond from $25,000 dollars, saying law enforcement needs to question her further.

Wabaunsee and Shopteese so far have refused extradition and remain in Polk County Jail. Attorneys have been appointed to them in Iowa.

Miller is preparing a governor's warrant, setting a 30-day deadline to force their return to Kansas, where they will await court hearings as well.