TOPEKA, Kan. — A fifth suspect has been charged in a triple homicide in Topeka on the same day that three others were ordered to stand trial.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Kora Liles was charged Wednesday with two first-degree murder counts. A preliminary hearing also ended with Brian Flowers, Joseph Lowry and Shane Mays being bound over for trial.

A police detective testified at the hearing that 19-year-old Matthew Leavitt, 38-year-old Nicole Fisher, and 20-year-old Luke Davis were strangled or smothered to death with trash bags in March. Deutsch says the violence stemmed from a rape allegation.

The defense argued that Mays was forced to participate to save his life. He, Flowers and Liles are charged in Fisher and Leavitt’s death. Lowry and a fifth person are charged in all three deaths.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,

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