Harvey County charges dropped against Kansas triple homicide suspect

Myrta Rangel shown being booked into the Harvey County Jail on Jan. 26, 2017. (Courtesy Harvey County Sheriff's Office)

NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – Harvey County Attorney David Yoder reports that the charges against a suspect accused of a triple murder have been dismissed in that county. However, new charges have been filed in Sedgwick County.

Yoder said in a Wednesday afternoon press release, “The charges in Harvey County against Myrta Rangel have been dismissed without prejudice this afternoon, and new charges relating to the case have been filed in Sedgwick County. The joint decision of this office, and the Office of the Sedgwick County District Attorney, is that Sedgwick County is the best venue for pursuit of charges against Myrta Rangel.”

Yoder told KSN the charges were dropped because the investigation into the murders of 33-year-old Travis Street, 37-year-old Angela May Graevs and 52-year-old Richard Prouty did not involve Rangel being at the scene when the three were killed outside a rural home near Moundridge.  He said the investigation shows Rangel was involved in the support of and assistance to Jereme Nelson, the other person charged with the triple homicide.

Yoder said he discussed the case with Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, but declined to comment on the nature of that conversation. However KSN learned that Rangle has been booked into the Sedgwick County Jail Thursday on charges of criminal possession of a firearm, obstruction of justice, and criminal distribution of a firearm to a felon. No word on when she will make her first appearance in Sedgwick County Court.

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