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Topeka woman pleads not guilty in Lawrence man's death

Updated: 2013-12-19T15:29:16Z

— A Topeka woman is facing tougher charges in the shooting death of a 51-year-old Lawrence man.

Brittny Adams, 20, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to premeditated first-degree murder in the July death of Gary Edens. She was charged with second-degree murder before Wednesday's preliminary hearing.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports prosecutors increased the charges after a former Douglas County Jail inmate testified that Adams frequently bragged about killing Edens at his home. She also allegedly told a man who was with her to kill Edens' son but the son escaped injury after a struggle.

A detective testified that Adams told him she and the man went to Edens' home while searching for two girls who abandoned her in Topeka and took off with her car.

The Associated Press

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