Thursday, February 20, 2014

Stewart charged with first degree murder in Olivas case

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Christopher Stewart, 28, has been charged with first degree murder by Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman.

Stewart was charged in connection to the Feb. 17 death of Graciela E. Olivas, who was killed after Stewart's car slammed in her vehicle during a police chase.

More information from the DA's office: 
Stewart is charged with first degree murder, under a legal theory of felony murder, which is the killing of a person during the commission of an inherently dangerous felony.  In this case that inherently dangerous felony is fleeing to elude police.  He is also charged with felony fleeing to elude police, and with interference with a law enforcement officer.

Stewart is also in custody under the authority of an arrest warrant that was issued on January 10, 2014, when he failed to appear for a hearing in Wyandotte County District Court in an unrelated case.

Stewart should make a first appearance in District Court on the newly filed case on Friday, November 21, 2014.  His bond is set at one million dollars.

The investigation of the collision is being conducted by the Kansas Highway Patrol, and the investigation is continuing.

Troopers are aware of several vehicles that were being driven at the intersection of 34th & Shawnee Drive, at the time of the collision.  One pulled to the side of the road as Stewart’s vehicle approached.  At least two other vehicles were stopped, on 34th Street, facing south.  Troopers have identified the occupants of only one of those three cars, and they are asking for the occupants of the other two cars to contact them at the area Kansas Highway Patrol office in Olathe.  Contact information is:  Kansas Highway Patrol, 1220 S. Enterprise St., Olathe, KS 66061, 913-782-8100.

Stewart is presumed to be innocent unless proven guilty in court.