KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Wyandotte County judge dropped a first degree murder charge against a Smithville woman accused in the 1989 murder of teenager Sarah DeLeon. Carolyn J. Heckert, 48, was arrested in October. She was in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday, the charge was subsequently dropped.
About five months before Heckert was arrested, KCK police said they'd identified a suspect. Police said then that new DNA techniques and technology allowed detectives to re-open the case in 2014. At the time of that report, police only said the suspect was a woman who lives in the greater Kansas City area.
While the court confirmed Judge Aaron Roberts dropped the charge, further information wasn't released. FOX 4 will continue to follow this story throughout Friday night and beyond.