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3 murders in Hesston may be drug-related

One of Wichita's neighbors to the north was the scene of heartbreaking violence recently, leaving three individuals dead in a driveway. On Oct. 30, a motorist passing by a rural home near Hesston at around 5:30 in the morning saw the bodies of three individuals lying in the driveway and stopped to help.

Authorities are still piecing together the identities of the victims and why they were killed. The motorist who discovered the victims subsequently found a still-living 18-month old child inside the home, who was later confirmed to the child of two of the victims. After finding the child, the motorist stopped another passing car and asked for help, then alerted authorities. Sadly, the driver of the second car was related to one of the victims. The bodies were apparently in the driveway for at least six hours before they were found.

Reports have been limited so far, but authorities believe that the violence was targeted at the victims specifically, not a random act. While this does not reduce the tragedy for those who were killed, it is not believed that any further violence should be expected.

Some outlets have speculated that the incident may be drug-related, since the address of the killings is listed as the last known address of a registered drug offender, but the names of the victims have not been released.

Clearly, these kinds of violent acts are not confined to movies and big cities far away from Kansas. If you or someone you know has committed a violent crime, it is important to make sure that you have a knowledgeable, experienced attorney by your side. Violent crimes have a way of becoming sensational news stories, which can make the sentencing process unfairly harsh. The representation of an experienced attorney can help ensure that your rights remain protected, regardless of what charges you may be facing.

Source: KAKE, "Harvey County triple homicide scene listed by drug offender," Oct. 31, 2016

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