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Hoisington Man Pleads Guilty To Second Degree Intentional Murder

GREAT BEND – (April 11, 2019) – A Hoisington man today pleaded guilty to second degree intentional murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Chaz Stephens, 26, pleaded guilty to the charge in Barton County District Court. District Judge Mike Keeley accepted the plea. Sentencing is scheduled for June 3 at 1:30 p.m.

As part of the plea agreement, Schmidt agreed to dismiss the remaining lesser charges in the case.

Stephens was charged with the crime in connection with the March 2018 death of his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter in Hoisington.

The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Hoisington Police Department and the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from several other law enforcement agencies. Assistant Attorney General Lyndzie Carter and Assistant Attorney General Adam Zentner of Schmidt’s office are prosecuting the case.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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