- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A judge has scheduled a November preliminary hearing for a 29-year-old man charged with capital murder in the death of a Kansas City, Kansas, police detective.

Curtis Ayers, of Tonganoxie, is charged with capital murder in the May 9 death of Det. Brad Lancaster. Ayers is accused of shooting Lancaster in Kansas City, Kansas, and then fleeing in a car to Missouri, where police shot and wounded him.

The Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office said in a release that during a hearing Wednesday a judge scheduled Ayers’ preliminary hearing for Nov. 21-23. Ayers’ hearing Wednesday was held about the same time authorities held a press conference about the shooting death Tuesday of another Kansas City, Kansas, police officer.

A public defender representing Ayers didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.


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