-Update from Hutch News-
On the eve of a scheduled court appearance, charges in Harvey County against Myrta Rangel were dismissed “without prejudice.”
Rangel, 31, was one of two people arrested in connection with an Oct. 30, 2016, triple homicide near Alta Mills – north and west of Hesston. She is, however, not out of the woods. Charges in connection with the case are being filed in Sedgwick County.
“It appears strongly based on all the evidence … that the proper venue for charges against her is really Sedgwick County. It does not appear that we have evidence that places her at the scene of the shootings when they occurred,” said David Yoder, county prosecutor for Harvey County.
Yoder said a set of charges has been discussed with the KBI and the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office; however, he has not seen a final charge sheet yet.
Rangel was arrested Jan. 12 near Rosarito, Mexico, where she and 35-year-old Jereme Nelson fled following the murders. Nelson is facing a possible death penalty.
Following extradition, Rangel has been held in the Harvey County jail on charges of capital murder and first-degree murder. Those charges are being dropped. Nelson remains in the Harvey County jail, held on charges of capital murder, more than one victim, and first-degree murder.
According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, three people were found dead in a driveway in the 8600 block of Spring Lake Road near Alta Mills – between Hesston and Moundridge – Oct. 30. Investigators also found an 18-month-old child in the house, who was unharmed.