Junction City man to stand trial in Riley County for alleged murder of drug informant

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MANHATTAN — A Junction City man has been bound over for trial in Riley County for the killing of a confidential drug informant whose body was found by deer hunters.

A judge has found sufficient evidence for Steven Meredith to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of 48-year-old Carrie Jones. The Manhattan Mercury reports that witnesses testified during a preliminary hearing this week that Meredith believed Jones might reveal information about him and others in a 2013 drug-related case.

One witness testified that Meredith told her that he and another man drove Jones to a field, forced her to get out of the vehicle and then shot her. Jones’ body was found in October 2017 in rural Riley County.

Meredith’s jacket tested positive for gunshot residue.

An arraignment hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Riley County Courthouse.

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