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Death Penalty Sought In Officer Shooting

Associated Press - September 10, 2014 11:00 am

A 30-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a Topeka police officer.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced Wednesday that he had filed the charge against Ross Preston Lane, who was being held without bond. Kansas law allows the death penalty for the slaying of a law enforcement officer.

Police Cpl. Jason Harwood was shot to death Sunday after stopping a car in east Topeka.

Lane also was charged with possessing a stolen firearm and criminal possession of a firearm as a past felon.

Another 30-year-old man, Anthony Allen Ridens Jr., was charged with obstructing apprehension of a felon and possession of a stolen motorcycle.