- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are considering whether to seek the death sentence for a 31-year-old man accused of killing a 5-year-old Kansas girl.

Prosecutors allege Marcas McGowan kidnapped Cadence Harris from an Atchison home they shared with the girl’s mother in July 2014. A police chase ended near Leavenworth when McGowan exchanged gunfire with officers. Cadence was found dead in the car.

The Kansas City Star reports (https://bit.ly/1CT4Plx ) McGowan initially faced state murder charges. In February, prosecutors dismissed the state charge after a federal grand jury indicted McGowan on charges including kidnapping and using a firearm during a violent crime.

A motion filed by McGowan’s attorneys says federal prosecutors in Kansas have submitted the case to the Justice Department’s death penalty review board in Washington.

They expect a decision within 90 days.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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