Butler County Times Gazette
  • Man ordered to trial in disappearance of woman

  • A Kansas prison inmate charged with murder in the 1996 disappearance of a woman in Oklahoma has been ordered to stand trial.
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  • A Kansas prison inmate charged with murder in the 1996 disappearance of a woman in Oklahoma has been ordered to stand trial.
    A judge in Delaware County on Wednesday found there is enough evidence to try 46-year-old old John Lee Weeks of Gentry, Ark., for first-degree murder in the disappearance of 29-year-old Barbara Ann Johnson-Willard of Jay.
    Johnson-Willard disappeared in June 1996 and her car was later found in a ravine in Delaware County. Her body has never been found.
    Investigators say fingerprints and DNA taken from cigarette butts found in the car match that of Weeks.
    Weeks has pleaded not guilty. He's been in prison in Kansas since 2000 for several convictions, including rape and aggravated kidnapping.

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