Derek Deon Owens

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Derek Deon Owens was sentenced to more than 70 years in prison for the strangulation and beating death of an estranged girlfriend who had obtained a protection order against him.

Derek Deon Owens had been found guilty by a jury of second-degree murder, rape, aggravated sodomy and three counts of violating the protection order.

Owens killed his former girlfriend, 25-year-old Laura K. Coltrane, on the afternoon of Feb. 18, 2011, in her apartment in the 600 block of South Lakehurst Drive in Olathe. Court records say she died of strangulation after being beaten and kicked. She had seven broken ribs and bleeding in her brain.

Olathe man gets 70 years for murder of estranged girlfriend _ The Kansas City Star

Shaun Michael Hogan

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Shaun Michael Hogan, 36, was arrested on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 29-year-old Crystal Gaffney. He is being held without bond in the Linn County Jail.

The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office determined Gaffney, also of Waterloo, died as the result of head trauma, and her death was ruled a homicide. Her body was found Wednesday morning on a road outside Walker.

Waterloo man accused of killing girlfriend