- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - A Fort Riley soldier is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in a death that occurred in February.

Twenty-two-year-old Alexander McConnell, of Manhattan, made his first court appearance Wednesday via video from the Riley County Jail.

The Manhattan Mercury reports (https://bit.ly/1BBgCxU ) Riley County officials have not released any information about the child who was killed. A criminal complaint says the child died from abuse.

McConnell was arrested Monday at Fort Riley, where he is a specialist.

McConnell’s next court appearance was scheduled for Oct. 14.

A judge denied McConnell’s request for a public defender.

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Information from: The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury, https://www.themercury.com


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