One of the three Kansas men accused of traveling to Jackson County to commit capital murder late last month made his first appearance in court Monday.
Alex B. Karcher, 22, of Salina, Kan., appeared with attorney Trevor Riddle Monday morning in Saline County, Kan., according to the Salina Journal.
Karcher, along with fellow Kansans Xavier E. Lewis and Xavier L. McCray, was accused last week of traveling to Carbondale as part of a murder-for-hire plot to kill three local residents, Darien Williams-Wright, Judious Kizeart and Robert Harris.
Although the charges against the three Kansans make no specific mention of it, Carbondale Police say the alleged plot is associated with the July 31 shooting of Carbondale Police Officer Trey Harris, who was responding to sounds of gunfire just before he was shot in the face through the windshield of his patrol car. Harris is now recovering at home.
The other two men accused in the murder-for-hire plot required additional time during which to hire attorneys, the Salina Journal reports. They are due to return to court Aug. 29.
Their alleged crime reportedly took place between July 27 and Aug. 1, and the three intended victims are now named among the state’s witnesses. If convicted, each suspect face between nine and 41 years in prison.
According to a press release from Carbondale Police last week, a reward of $15,000 remains in place “for information which leads to the identity, arrest and conviction” of anyone involved in the shooting of Officer Harris.