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Trial set for 2 accused of shooting car theft suspect

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Two people accused in the shooting death of a man suspected of stealing a friend’s car are scheduled for trial next year in western Iowa.

Pottawattamie County District Court records say 25-year-old Jonathan Echtinaw and 23-year-old Carissa Kendall, have pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. They’re scheduled to go on trial Jan. 7 in Council Bluffs. Nebraska court records say they live in Omaha.

Echtinaw is accused of shooting 18-year-old Ethan Edgar, of Hutchinson, Kansas, on May 6. Authorities say Echtinaw, Kendall and other friends of a woman who’d reported the car’s theft to Omaha police went looking for it. They spotted at a Council Bluffs gas station.

Authorities say Kendall stopped her vehicle behind the stolen car to help block it, and Echtinaw opened fire when Edgar put the car into reverse and rammed Kendall’s vehicle.

Associated Press

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