Crime & Courts

Preliminary hearing in case of assault, death of 100-year-old continued

Kasey Nesbitt has been charged with raping a 100-year-old woman during a break-in at her southeast Wichita home last fall. He also has been charged with murder in her death three weeks after the attack.
Kasey Nesbitt has been charged with raping a 100-year-old woman during a break-in at her southeast Wichita home last fall. He also has been charged with murder in her death three weeks after the attack. Courtesy of Sedgwick County Jail

A preliminary hearing for Kasey Nesbitt in the death of a 100-year-old woman in October will be continued to mid-June or later.

Nesbitt’s lawyer formally asked to withdraw from the case, because “her office is currently not accepting any off-grid offenses, which this one is,” Sedgwick County District Judge David Dahl said Thursday.

Dahl appointed attorney Val Wachtel to represent Nesbitt and set a tentative date of June 15 for the preliminary hearing.

Nesbitt, 36, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Martha Schell 21 days after she allegedly was sexually assaulted last year.

Nesbitt had a preliminary hearing Dec. 9, five months before Schell’s autopsy report was completed. After it was released last month, prosecutors filed a request for another preliminary hearing to add the first-degree murder charge to the charges of rape and aggravated burglary.

He has pleaded not guilty to the rape and aggravated burglary charges.

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