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Man found guilty of murder Kansas woman he was accused of stalking

(AP) — A man from Missouri has been convicted of killing a woman he was accused of stalking and faces life in prison when he’s sentenced in October. 

The Kansas City Star reports that a Johnson County jury found 44-year-old Clyde James Barnes Jr., of Kansas City, guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and other counts in the July 2020 killing of 42-year-old Jessica Smith in her Olathe home. 

Barnes was also found guilty of aggravated burglary, unlawful tampering with electronic monitoring, criminal threat and violation of a protection order. 

Olathe police who were responding to a burglary call at Smith’s home found her body inside and arrested Barnes hours later. 

At the time, Barnes was out on bond for a stalking charge involving Smith, but the charge was later dismissed.

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