Shawnee man charged with murder, rape in woman’s death

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Felipe Chavez Jr., 28, is charged in Johnson County District Court with premeditated first degree murder, rape and sodomy. Courtesy | Johnson County Sheriffs Office

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) – A northeastern Kansas man has been charged with first-degree murder, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy in the death of a woman.

The Kansas City Star reports that 28-year-old Felipe Chavez Jr., of Shawnee, was charged Saturday in the death of 30-year-old Lucia Frayre, of Kansas City.

Police say the charges stem from a July 13 incident in which Shawnee police were called to a local hospital for a suspected domestic battery. Frayre was unconscious and receiving medical treatment when officers arrived. She died from her injuries Tuesday. Police say her death is Shawnee’s first homicide this year.

Chavez is being held on $1 million bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court on the charges Monday.

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