Kansas man convicted of murder after woman dies in crash fleeing alleged rape

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A 35-year-old Kansas man has been convicted of murder after a woman died in a traffic crash while fleeing from what prosecutors alleged was a rape.

Shannon Keithley

A Wyandotte County jury on Wednesday found Orlando Taylor guilty of first-degree murder in the August 2017 death of 39-year-old Shannon Keithley of Kansas City, Kansas, and two counts of aggravated robbery. He was acquitted of rape.

Investigators say Keithley died when the car she was driving hit a concrete pillar near her home while she was calling 911.

Officers arrested Taylor after finding him hiding under the deck of Keithley's house. A knife was found in the driveway.

Taylor was initially charged with rape and burglary, but Keithley's family and friends pushed prosecutors to charge him with murder as well.

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