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Strangled Hutchinson woman dies from injuries, police say

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A Hutchinson woman found Aug. 24 strangled and dumped unconscious in an alley died in a Wichita hospital Wednesday night.

The Reno County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion Thursday to amend one of two suspects’ charges from attempted premeditated murder to premeditated first-degree murder. A hearing on the motion against 24-year-old Isaac Granville Ervin is set for Friday.

Hutchinson Police Lt. Dustin Loepp said the victim — 29-year-old Lora Beth Stratton — met Ervin on a Facebook buy/sell/trade site after she posted about needing a place to store her belongings.

After investigating, Loepp said, police think Stratton was strangled in a nearby residence and then dumped in the alley on the 700 block of W. Seventh Avenue. A resident found the unconscious woman and called the police.

She was taken to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis. Stratton died at 9:21 p.m. on Wednesday, Loepp said. Officials are waiting on an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Ervin’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Delshay Ronda Vinsonhaler, has been charged with reckless aggravated battery and felony obstruction in connection to the case. The attorney’s office has not amended those charges since Stratton’s death.

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