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Alex Deaton waives right to preliminary hearing in Kansas

Alex Deaton Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Office Alex Deaton Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Office
PRATT COUNTY, KAN (MSNEWSNOW) -

The man arrested in a multi-state crime spree, that involved the killing of his girlfriend and another Mississippi woman, had his preliminary hearing Friday in Kansas.

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According to Kansas television station KSNW, Alex Deaton appeared in Pratt County District Court Friday after being accused of shooting a convenience store clerk on March 1, while on the run from his crimes in Mississippi. Deaton was arrested a few hours later, after allegedly leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase that ended in a fiery crash.  

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Francis Meisenheimer.

Deaton is charged in the murder of his girlfriend, 30-year-old Heather Robinson, in Rankin County. He is also charged for the murder of 69-year-old Brenda Pinter, who was found dead in a rural Neshoba County church.

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KSNW reports Deaton’s charges in Kansas include one count of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Riley Juel, a Pratt store clerk. He is also charged with one count of aggravated robbery, one count of theft and one count of fleeing, and attempting to elude a police officer. Deaton is also suspected of allegedly kidnapping two hikers in New Mexico.

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Deaton’s arraignment is scheduled for July 7 at 2 p.m.

Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest said back in April that it will be awhile before he stands trial in Mississippi.

Guest says his office had been optimistic that Deaton would be brought back to Mississippi since he will be facing life sentences for the crimes committed here. However, Kansas authorities have notified them that they intend to bring Deaton to trial for crimes there before returning him to Mississippi.

Guest has been told that trial in Mississippi will happen no earlier than six months from now.

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