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Arrest made in January killing of pregnant Olathe woman

Ashley Harlan
Ashley Harlan Submitted photo

Update: Devonte Wash has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of Ashley Harlan and their unborn son.

Olathe police arrested a man Thursday in the killing of Ashley Harlan, a 23-year-old woman who was shot on the day she had planned to learn the sex of her first baby.

Harlan was found the afternoon of Jan. 30 inside a house at the Westerfield Townhouses off East Westerfield Place.

"Officers have taken a suspect into custody for the homicide of Ashley Harlan and her unborn child," Olathe police reported.

The suspect was expected to be in the Johnson County jail later Thursday, and he may be charged with both the homicide of Harlan and the unborn child.

"That will be up to the prosecutors," Olathe Police spokesman Sgt. Logan Bonney said. "We've been working hand-in-hand with them on this."

Charges had not been filed late Thursday morning.

Harlan had moved into the Olathe house in early January from Manhattan, Kan., to be nearer to her baby’s father, friends said. She was living with her grandfather. She was about 20 weeks along in her pregnancy when she died.

Harlan had an ultrasound appointment scheduled that day, her friend Tabitha Brown told The Star in January. Brown was going to be the child's godmother.

Police a week ago had announced that the reward for information in Harlan's death had been raised to $5,000 as police issued a plea for more tips on the case.

Police are still seeking help on the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Olathe Police at 913-971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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