Kansas AG’s office to handle case of man who held Finney County judge hostage

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. (KSN file photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will review the investigation of a case where a man held a Finney County judge hostage.

The incident occurred on May 31, 2016 in Garden City when 33-year-old Jason Linn Nichols allegedly held Finney County Chief Judge Wendel Wurst hostage over a child custody matter.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release his office will review the investigation to determine whether any criminal charges will be brought.

The Finney County Attorney’s Office requested the attorney general’s office handle the case.

Nichols is being held in the Finney County Jail in lieu of $900,000 bond.

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