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‘I Will Kill You’: Video Shows Kansas Man Used Axe To Fatally Attack Ex-Girlfriend At Mobile Home Park

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Source: Shawnee County Department of Corrections; UNSPLASH

Feb. 20 2023, Published 2:26 p.m. ET

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A Kansas man has been found guilty of brutally killing his ex-girlfriend with an axe nearly two years ago.

A jury convicted John K. Ewing, 62, on charges of first- and second-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, criminal threat, and interference with law enforcement, WIBW reported.

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According to an affidavit obtained by the station, home security cameras captured footage of Ewing get into an altercation with Deborah Stephens outside a home in the Coachlight South mobile home park in Topeka on the morning of April 27, 2021.

The affidavit states video shows Stephens was at her vehicle and leaning into the driver’s side door when Ewing walked up behind her.

Stephens, seemingly unaware she is in danger, “has no reaction until Mr. Ewing is behind her and grabs her about the head and neck area, causing Ms. Stephens to scream out,” the affidavit states.

The two began struggling, and Ewing took Stephens to the ground as she continued to struggle and scream while Ewing struck her multiple times with a large flashlight.

According to the affidavit, Ewing dragged Stephens to the trailer’s stairs, and “Ewing reaches inside the open front door and grabs a long-handled ax and strikes her about the head area several times,” threatening, “I will kill you” once he got her inside.

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Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputies responding to the home around 5:30 p.m. found Stephens dead on a bed in a bedroom with Ewing smoking a cigarette next to her, the affidavit states.

Ewing is scheduled to be sentenced in the case on May 12.

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