Archive for Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Kesselring found guilty in kidnapping, slaying case

March 18, 2003


Topekan Michael Kesselring was found guilty Tuesday morning of kidnapping and killing another man in an alleged drug deal gone bad.

A Douglas County jury delivered guilty verdicts Tuesday morning on all three charges that Kesselring faced.

The 42-year-old Topeka man will be sentenced April 30 for first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping.

Prosecutors said Kesserling helped kidnap fellow Topeka resident Dale A. Miller in September 2000, before killing him on the side of a rural Lecompton road.

Prosecutors said Kesselring was one of four men who helped kidnap Miller at a Topeka home after he came under suspicion of stealing a stash of illegal drugs worth up to $250,000. Kesselring had testified during the trial that he didn't kidnap anyone.

For updates on this story, see the 6News report at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband's cable Channel 6 and pick up a copy of Wednesday's Lawrence Journal-World.

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