Jan 21, 2020 2:30 PM

Kansas murder trial postponed after new evidence found

Posted Jan 21, 2020 2:30 PM
Ramaun Johnson photo Leavenworth Co.
Ramaun Johnson photo Leavenworth Co.

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas man's murder trial in the Christmas 2017 death of a Kansas City man has been postponed.

Ramaun Johnson, 32, Leavenworth was scheduled to go to trial Jan. 27 on a felony murder charge but a request for a continuance was granted Wednesday. Johnson is charged in the death of Shavar Walker of Kansas City who was shot outside a Leavenworth apartment complex.

Prosecutors are not necessarily alleging that Johnson shot Walker, but that he was involved in a drug deal that led to Walker's death.

Johnson's attorney said Wednesday a possible co-defendant has been identified but the person has not been charged. 

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Jan 21, 2020 2:30 PM
Kansas woman due in court for alleged counterfeiting
Watterson photo KDOC

COWLEY COUNTY— A Kansas felon with previous convictions that include identity theft and forgery is now in jail for alleged counterfeiting.

Just after 3 p.m. January 14, police responded to a restaurant in Arkansas City for a report of a person later identified as 43-year-old Amy Watterson, who had attempted to pass fake money, according to a media release from police.

Although she left before police arrived, officers quickly located and arrested her. Officers found she was in possession of several bills of fake currency.

Further investigation determined she had attempted to pass the fake cash at multiple locations in the Arkansas City area, as well as in other jurisdictions.

“We are asking local businesses to be extra vigilant when accepting larger-denomination bills that potentially could be fake or counterfeit,” warned Police Chief Dan Ward.

 Watterson remains jailed on requested charges that include counterfeiting as well as one misdemeanor count each of criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and theft.

Over the past ten years, Watterson has served prison time for arson, theft, burglary and for making false writing, ID theft and and forgery, according the Kansas Department of Corrections.

She is expected in court later this week on the new charges, according to district court officials.