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Arraignment set for Kimberly Younger
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Kimberly Younger

Kimberly Younger, the Florida woman charged with the murders of two people during the Barton County Fair in 2018, is scheduled to appear in court next week. Her arraignment is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Barton County District Court.

The state maintains that between July 11-14, 2018, Younger, Michael Fowler Jr. and Rusty Lee Frasier, all employees of the Wagner Carnival set up at the Barton County Fair, hatched the plot to kill Alfred “Sonny” Carpenter and his wife Pauline Carpenter and obtain their possessions. The Carpenters were a Wichita couple who were vendors at the fair.

A preliminary hearing was held last December. Barton County District Judge Steve Johnson found probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the crimes and she was bound over for trial on the charge of capital murder or the alternative of two counts of first-degree murder; solicitation to commit murder; conspiracy to commit murder; and theft.

District Judge Mike Keeley is assigned to preside over future hearings in this case. At arraignment, he will read the charges and the possible sentences if Younger is convicted. She will then enter a plea to each charge.

The State is represented by Vic Braden, deputy attorney general, and Jessica Domme, assistant attorney general. Younger is represented by Timothy Frieden and Gary Owens from the State’s Death Penalty Defense Unit.

The other four defendants charged in connection with the Carpenters’ death have all entered guilty pleas. Their sentencing dates will be scheduled after the resolution of Younger’s case.