Man pleads guilty in Salina woman’s death

Joel Heil, 25
Joel Heil, 25

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A 25-year-old Salina man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 27-year-old woman last April.

Joel Heil entered his pleas Friday to the murder charge and attempted robbery for trying to steal purses from two women.

Kristin Tyler was killed on the night of April 25 or early morning of April 26, 2013. Heil testified earlier this month in the murder trial of a co-defendant, 33-year-old Dane DeWeese, in exchange for prosecutors dropping lesser charges and agreeing not to seek a Hard 50 sentence.

Dane Deweese
Dane DeWeese, 33

DeWeese’s girlfriend, 21-year-old Megan Wells, pleaded no-contest on Friday to a charge of obstructing apprehension for prosecution for helping DeWeese escape arrest.

DeWeese was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy after a two-week trial.

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