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Man From 1973 Murder Up For Parole

Associated Press - September 8, 2015 6:55 am

A 60-year-old man convicted of killing a Topeka woman in 1973 is up for parole.

The Kansas Prisoner Review Board is considering parole for James Elder, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the July 1973 slaying in Topeka of 23-year-old Barbara Butler. She was stabbed 23 times.

Elder was sentenced in Shawnee County to 15 years to life in prison.

Kansas has considered parole for Elder 19 times before. The state paroled Elder in 2005 but returned him to prison for violating parole in 2007. Elder then was considered for parole but denied in 2007 and 2012.

The board will accept public comments about the possible parole of any of 40 eligible inmates, including Elder on Sept. 18 in the Topeka Municipal Court chambers.

Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal


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