Woman charged with giving guns to Hesston shooter appears in court

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal magistrate judge has set a $10,000 bond for the woman accused of buying the guns used in last week's mass shooting at the Excel Industries factory in Hesston.

More than a dozen family members and friends of Sarah Hopkins came to her hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Wichita, but refused to talk to the media. Her attorney, Douglas Adams, declined comment. Prosecutors did not seek her detention.

The 28-year-old Newton woman is charged with knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon. Prosecutors say she gave shooter Cedric Ford an AK-47 type semi-automatic rifle and a 40-caliber handgun. Four people, including Ford, were killed and 14 others were injured.

Adams told the court he expected Hopkins would be indicted Tuesday. Her next hearing is March 9.

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