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The Murder of Kelsey Smith

Background and Current Developments


Kelsey Smith

Kelsey Smith

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On June 2, 2007, Kelsey Smith stopped at an Overland Park, Kansas, department store to buy items for a high school graduation party, but she never made it home to the event. Her body was found four days later in a shallow creek 20 miles away in Missouri.

Using surveillance videotapes, police identified a pickup truck and a suspect in Smith's disappearance. On the same day that Smith's body was located, Edward R. Hall, 26, of Olathe, Kansas, was arrested and charged with her murder.

Latest Developments

Hall Pleads Guilty to Rape, Murder of Kelsey Smith
July 24, 2008
A Kansas man entered a surprise guilty plea to the kidnapping, rape and murder of an 18-year-old teenager who was abducted June 2, 2007 from a Target store parking lot in Kansas City. Edwin Hall, 27, pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty on charges of capital murder, aggravated kidnapping, rape and aggravated sodomy in the death of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith.

Previous Developments

Videotape Focus of Kelsey Smith Hearing
April 11, 2008
A dispute over a department store surveillance videotape on which a Kansas teen was abducted was the focus of a court hearing in the murder case of Kelsey Smith. Defense attorneys for Edwin Hall got a surprise when they protested that prosecutors had not given them a copy of the video from the Overland Park Target store.

Edwin Hall's Attorneys Claim Evidence Withheld
Feb. 6, 2008
Attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping and killing 18-year-old Kelsey Smith outside a Kansas department store have accused prosecutors of withholding evidence. Edwin Hall has pleaded not guilty to charges of capital murder, rape, kidnapping and sodomy in the death penalty case.

Death Penalty Possible in Kelsey Smith Case
July 11, 2007
Prosecutors established the groundwork to seek the death penalty in the case of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith by adding additional charges against Edward Hall.

Suspect Arrested in Kelsey Smith Murder
July 7, 2007
A 26-year-old Olathe, Kansas man has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Kelsey Smith. Authorities plan to charge Edwin R. Hall with premeditated first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

Cell Phone Records Lead to Kelsey's Body
July 6, 2007
Searching an area 20 miles from where she was last seen in a department store parking lot, authorities found the body of a young woman believed to be that of Kelsey Smith in a shallow creek.

Police Seeks Clues in Kelsey Smith Disappearance
July 5, 2007
Using video tapes from nearby surveillance cameras, police in Overland Park, Kansas are seeking information about a vehicle and person of interest in the disappearance of an 18-year-old high school graduate.

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