Case of Kansas girl's death during chase moved to federal court

4 years 8 months 4 weeks ago Friday, February 20 2015 Feb 20, 2015 Friday, February 20, 2015 8:48:04 AM CST February 20, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - A man charged with killing a 5-year-old Kansas girl during a police chase will be tried in federal court.

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that a state charge of first-degree felony murder against Marcas McGowan of Atchison will be dismissed to pursue kidnapping and weapons-related indictments returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury.

Prosecutors allege McGowan kidnapped Cadence Harris from an Atchison home they shared with the girl's mother in July 2014. A police chase went into Missouri before ending near Leavenworth when McGowan exchanged gunfire with officers. Cadence was found dead inside the car. Court documents allege McGowan shot the girl.

A state felony murder conviction could allow a life sentence with parole eligibility after 25 years, while a federal kidnapping conviction could bring life with no possibility of parole.

 

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