Western Kansas man to be tried for murder of ex-girlfriend

(AP) — A 24-year-old western Kansas man has been bound over for trial in the February killing of his ex-girlfriend, who was found stabbed to death in her burning home.fire

A Thomas County judge on Monday found enough evidence to try William Shank on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated arson and burglary.

Shank is charged with killing 27-year-old Teri Morris, who worked at a Walmart in Colby and as an emergency medical technician. A coroner’s report said Morris had been stabbed 27 times before her Colby home was set on fire.

Authorities said the two were contesting custody of their 8-month-old daughter. The baby was with Shank when he later called police from a home in Logan.

Shank, who has lived in Garden City and Colby, pleaded not guilty Monday.

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