WESTMORELAND, Kan. | A Topeka man charged with kidnapping and killing a co-worker waived a preliminary hearing in Pottawatomie County District Court.
Deon Andrew Ross' preliminary hearing was scheduled for Thursday and Friday but lasted just five minutes after the 24-year-old waived his right to the hearing. Magistrate Judge Steven Roth set arraignment for Feb. 20.
Ross is charged with felony first-degree murder, two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping in the death of 18-year-old Alheli Alcantara. Her body was found Oct. 12 outside a motel in the Pottawatomie County side of Manhattan.
Ross and Alcantara worked together at a Topeka Burger King.
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An amended complaint added one rape count, alleging Alcantara was sexually assaulted while she was incapable of giving consent due to the effects of liquor, mental disease or defect.