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Prosecutor adds charge for homicide suspect

January 16, 2011

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— Prosecutors have added a kidnapping charge for a Hutchinson homicide suspect after a co-defendant was acquitted of murder.

Anthony Waller already had been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in the April 2010 beating and strangulation death of 33-year-old Joshua Haines.

The Hutchinson News reported that Reno County prosecutors added the aggravated kidnapping count Friday.

Last month, 28-year-old Jose Delacruz was found not guilty of first-degree murder in Haines’ death. The jury found Delacruz guilty of aggravated robbery.

Haines’ body was found in a parked car in Hutchinson. Investigators said he was beaten when he went to an apartment to make a drug deal.

Delacruz’s attorney alleged during the trial that another man strangled Haines after the beating.

A third defendant also has been charged in the case.

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