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Two Suspects In Custody After Investigators Uncover ‘New Evidence’ In 2010 Murder Of Kansas Teenager: Sheriff

Source: Greenville County Sheriff’s Office

Aug. 2 2022, Published 4:42 p.m. ET

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Authorities in South Carolina have arrested two people in connection with the murder of a teenager in Kansas over a decade ago, according to officials.

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The Butler County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas said Kristopher and Candace Valadez, both 32, were apprehended in Simpsonville, South Carolina, on July 31, and the pair are expected to be extradited to Sedgwick County to face charges, KAKE reported.

The pair, who formerly were residents of Wichita, are accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old German Clerici in February 2010.

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Clerici’s body was found in a culvert near Augusta, and his vehicle was located around four months later in Wichita

“Information was discovered that prompted investigators to conduct follow-up interviews un-covering even more information along with new evidence," the sheriff's office said of investigators recently taking a fresh look at the case.

Officials have not provided a possible motive for the crime.


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