KC Man Charged in Deaths of 2 People Found in Van

Posted: Nov 1, 2013 4:55 PM by The Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Kansas City man has been charged in the September deaths of a man and woman whose burned bodies were found in Kansas in an abandoned van.

Twenty-nine-year-old Christopher A. Canagan was charged Friday in Jackson County with two counts of first-degree murder and other charges. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Canagan is accused of shooting 24-year-old Dennis Smith as he sat in the driver's seat. Williams and another person jumped out of the van, but Canagan is accused of forcing 22-year-old Linda Williams back into the vehicle and driving away. Court records say Canagan told police that he had sex with Williams before shooting her.

Canagan then is accused of setting the van on fire in Kansas City, Kan.

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