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Topeka murder suspect gets new lawyer

Published on -6/15/2012, 8:59 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A new lawyer has been appointed for a 20-year-old Topeka man charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of an 18-year-old woman.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/MKtBUO ) that Kathleen Ambrosio was appointed Thursday to defend Dustin J. Leftwich.

Leftwich is accused of hitting recent Seaman High School graduate Brenna Morgart with a vehicle. Her body was found May 25 in a field about three miles away.

Leftwich is also charged with aggravated assault with a vehicle against an unidentified 14-year-old in 2011. Details of that case have not been released.

Ron Evans, chief attorney for the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit, was initially assigned to represent Leftwich but later filed a motion to withdraw from the case.

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