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Trial set for woman accused of helping killer

By Bethany Knipp

A Manhattan woman accused of aiding and abetting first-degree murder requested a continuation of a hearing Tuesday in Riley County District Court.

Christina Love, 50, is set for trial on June 2 in connection with the death of 68-year-old John Burroughs Jr. in September of 2013.

Love’s attorney, Jason Hoffman of Topeka, said the reason for the continuation was that more time was needed to review new materials in the case before going through pre-trial motions.

Love’s son, James McKenith, 33, pleaded no contest to first-degree murder on March 19 and was found guilty by Judge Meryl Wilson.

McKenith is accused of stabbing Burroughs on Sept. 6 after another suspect, Anthony Nichols of Kansas City, Kan., shot him but failed to kill him.

Love is accused of driving with her son to Burroughs’ home at Redbud Estates trailer court and witnessing him stab the man.

Love is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on May 5 at 3:30 p.m. McKenith is set for sentencing at the same time.

Nichols is accused of first-degree murder for the death of Burroughs and another man, Anthony Nixon, 37, of Junction City.

The two killings happened in the same general time period; Nixon died in the early morning hours of Sept. 7.

Nichols is confined in Geary County and is scheduled to appear in Geary County District Court on April 22.

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