Woman bound over for trial in a Wichita couple’s murder


GREAT BEND, Kan. (KSNW) – A case against a woman facing murder charges in the deaths of a Wichita couple will go to trial.

There was a lot of emotion in the courtroom Tuesday as friends and family members of Sonny and Pauline Carpenter gathered to hear testimony about the night they were killed

Kimberly Younger is one of several people arrested in the killing of Sonny and Pauline Carpenter. Their bodies were found in a shallow grave in the Ozark National Forest last summer.

Investigators believe the two were killed in Barton County while attending the county fair. The two were then driven to Arkansas.

Michael Fowler, who has already pleaded guilty to premeditated murder, agreed to testify in the case. He admitted he killed the couple when they were in Great Bend. They were vendors during the Barton County Fair.

Fowler testified that Younger planned the deaths, as an initiation for Fowler into a fake group she called the “Carnival Mafia.” He was emotional on the stand as he described exactly how they killed and hid the bodies.

As Fowler left the courtroom, he told the couple’s daughter, “I’m so sorry.”

Law enforcement from Arkansas testified about finding the bodies near Van Buren, Arkansas. They mentioned Younger kept asking about whether they found the gun and later told them the murder weapon was in her bag.

The couple’s daughter said her parents were planning to retire from selling jewelry and crafts at various fairs by the end of the summer of 2018, so they were looking to have someone buy their trailer, truck and camper.

This is what Fowler said made them such “an easy target.”

The judge said that there was enough evidence to send Younger to trial.


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