Five people accused in Valley Center murder, torture in court


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The preliminary hearing began for three of the five people accused in a Valley Center man’s death.

Jeff Hillard’s former brother-in-law, Craig Bright, took the stand.

He says Jeff, charged with murder in the case, showed up to his home and asked if he had a place he could stash something.

An alleged victim also testified and says she was kidnapped from a hotel, then tortured and tased in a vehicle and eventually ended up in a shed with Scottie Goodpaster.

She says Goodpaster was tortured and beaten by William Morris, Jeff Hillard, and Heidi Hillard and eventually taken away.

Bright testifies that his former brother-in-law later showed up at his home.

Bright says “There appeared to be something in the back seat, and as I came back at a later time to look at the truck, as they were leaving, and I am looking and it appeared to be a possibly a person or someone slumped over in the back seat behind the driver.”

Alexandra Scott waived her right to a preliminary hearing and will have a jury trial on March 6.

Brian Bussart waived his right to a preliminary hearing and a jury trial. He will have a bench trial on February 23 and is expected to testify in the trial.

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