Texas man pleads guilty in deaths of fair workers

State News

July 9, 2019 - 10:47 AM

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Texas man has pleaded guilty in the deaths of a couple who were killed at a Kansas county fair after one suspect ordered the killings as part of a “carnival mafia” initiation.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office said in a news release that Rusty Lee Frasier, 36, of Aransas Pass, Texas, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree premediated murder the 2018 deaths of Alfred “Sonny” Carpenter and Pauline Carpenter at the Barton County Fair, where they were vendors. The bodies of the Wichita couple were discovered in a national forest near Van Buren, Arkansas.

Also Monday, Thomas Donald Drake, 32, Van Buren, Arkansas, pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing apprehension. Their sentencings have not been scheduled.

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