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Trial in highway chase set to begin April 21

February 6, 2008

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Trial set for police chase suspect

The trial is set for a woman charged last year with leading officers on a chase in Osage County. During a hearing this morning in Osage County, a judge set Ramona Morgan's trial for April 21st. Enlarge video

A trial is scheduled to begin in April for a woman charged last year with leading a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper on a chase in Osage County following a fatal accident in Douglas County.

Ramona I. Morgan, 48, was arrested Sept. 11 and charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police, a felony. She also is charged with several traffic violations.

During a hearing Tuesday morning in Lyndon, Osage County Judge Phillip Fromme set Morgan's trial for April 21.

Morgan, who appeared with her attorney Billy Rork, passed on her right to enter a plea to the charges. Fromme entered a "not guilty" plea for her.

Fromme, as a previous judge had done, declined Rork's request to reduce Morgan's bond. She is being held in the Osage County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Morgan also is charged with two counts of reckless second-degree murder in Douglas County for allegedly killing two highway workers while driving her pickup truck through a restricted work zone. The chase in Osage County followed that incident when the trooper spotted the truck on U.S. Highway 56. Those charges will be handled after the Osage County case.

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