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Christopher B. StewartChristopher B. Stewart
Christopher B. Stewart
Christopher Bradley Stewart, 28, of Kansas City, Kan., was charged today with murder in connection with the Feb. 17 death of Graciela E. Olivas, 62, Kansas City, Kan.
Olivas died as an innocent bystander when a vehicle chased by police hit her vehicle at 34th and Shawnee, according to earlier reports.
According to a statement from District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman, the charges included first-degree murder, felony fleeing to elude police and interference with a law enforcement officer.
According to a spokesman for the district attorney, a person may be charged with felony murder when the victim is killed during the commission of a dangerous felony. In this case, the dangerous felony was said to be fleeing to elude police.
Stewart is also in custody under the authority of an arrest warrant that was issued on Jan. 10, 2014, when he failed to appear for a hearing in Wyandotte County District Court in an unrelated case.
Stewart's bond was set at $1 million. The first appearance in court is scheduled Friday, Feb. 21.
The investigation of the collision is being conducted by the Kansas Highway Patrol, and the investigation is continuing, the district attorney's spokesman said.
Troopers are aware of several vehicles that were being driven at the intersection of 34th and Shawnee Drive, at the time of the collision, the spokesman said. One pulled to the side of the road as Stewart’s vehicle approached. At least two other vehicles were stopped, on 34th Street, facing south.
Troopers have identified the occupants of only one of those three cars, and troopers are asking for the occupants of the other two cars to contact them at the area Kansas Highway Patrol office in Olathe. Contact information is Kansas Highway Patrol, 1220 S. Enterprise St., Olathe, KS 66061, 913-782-8100.
Kansas Department of Corrections records showed that Stewart had been convicted of a drug offense in 2006 out of Johnson County, and was incarcerated in the state prison system until July 2008.
The state documents listed Stewart as an absconder as of Jan. 10, 2014, from a Unified Government case. The case involved drugs, where he failed to appear for sentencing, and a warrant was issued.
Stewart is presumed to be innocent unless proven guilty in court.