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Inmate Charged in Highway Killing of Kansas Woman

Posted: Sep 13, 2013 4:40 PM by The Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY (AP) - A 32-year-old man is charged in the fatal shooting of a Kansas government attorney on a Kansas City highway in July 2009.

The Jackson County prosecutor's office announced Friday the indictment of Calah Johnson on charges of second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

Deanna Lieber was shot and killed on U.S. 71 while driving home with her 13-year-old daughter and her mother-in-law from Kansas City's Starlight Theater. The 45-year-old Lawrence resident was the general counsel for the Kansas Department of Education.

Authorities said Friday that witnesses have told detectives Johnson was firing from one vehicle at a person in another vehicle, and Lieber was not the intended target.

Johnson is currently in a federal prison serving a 20-year sentence on a drug charge.

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