Edwin Hall Pleads Guilty To Murder of Kelsey Smith

(Olathe , KS) AP- Edwin Hall pleads guilty to the kidnapping, rape and murder of a suburban Kansas City teenager snatched from a store parking lot last year.

27-year-old old Edwin Hall pleaded guilty Wednesday to
capital murder, aggravated kidnapping, rape and sodomy in the June
2007 death of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith.

The Overland Park, Kan., teenager was taken from a Target
parking lot. Her body was found four days later in a Missouri park.

Hall's plea came during what was supposed to be a change-of-venue hearing.

It also came a day after a judge ruled that prosecutors could still seek the death penalty for Hall, even though Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline failed to put his address, telephone number and registration number on a legal notice.

A sentencing hearing is set for September 16th at 1:30PM.


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