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July 23, 2014

Atchison man charged in girl’s death during Leavenworth police chase (VIDEO)

Leavenworth County prosecutors on Wednesday morning charged a 30-year-old Atchison, Kan., man with first-degree felony murder in the death last week of 5-year-old Cadence Harris.

Leavenworth County prosecutors on Wednesday morning charged a 30-year-old Atchison man with first-degree felony murder in the death last week of a 5-year-old girl.

Marcas McGowan, the boyfriend of the girl’s mother, also was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated child endangerment, and fleeing and eluding in connection with the incident last Friday in which Cadence Harris was killed.

McGowan, who was wounded by police gunfire during the incident that started in Atchison and ended in Leavenworth after a high-speed police chase, allegedly took the little girl known as Cady after a domestic disturbance.

With police in pursuit, he drove into Platte County and then into Leavenworth, where his SUV stopped in a construction area at 20th Street and Metropolitan Avenue. Police said that he got out of the vehicle and pointed a handgun at officers, who fired and wounded him.

Authorities have not said how Cady was killed, but under the Kansas felony murder law, a suspect can be charged with a death that occurs during the commission of an “inherently dangerous felony.” The prosecutor alleged two alternatives, the child endangerment or fleeing and eluding.

McGowan was not required to file a plea, and he told the judge he would try to hire his own attorney.

His next court appearance is Aug. 8.

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