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Hoisington man charged in death of toddler

Under armed guard and wearing a bullet-proof vest, Chaz Stephens, Hoisington, is escorted into the Barton County Courthouse Tuesday morning for his preliminary hearing. He faces charges of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of a 2-year-old Hoisington girl, Iviona Marae May Lewis, on...

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After four hours of preliminary hearing testimony in Barton County District Court Tuesday, 20th Judicial Magistrate Judge Richard E. Burgess Jr. ruled Chaz Stephens, Hoisington, will stand trial for the March 18 death of 2-year-old Hoisington girl Iviona MaRae May Lewis.
In addition to the murder charge, he faces charges of child abuse, possessing methamphetamine, drugs and drug paraphernalia with the intent to use.
Following the testimony from the parents of the girl, Stephens’ parents, and two good Samaritans from Hoisington, the defense attorney Paul R. Oller announced Stephens waived his right to hear all evidence against him and allowed ...

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