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Two People Charged in House Fire that Killed a Chanute Woman Enter Plea Agreement
By Kate Inman
CHANUTE, KS.--- Two people charged in a house fire that killed a Chanute woman a year ago enter a plea agreement. Brian Shields, 27, plead no contest to the charge of felony murder. A charge of aggravated arson against him was dropped in exchange for his plea. Michelle Voorhees, 22, plead no contest to charges of second degree murder, aggravated arson and aggravated burglary. She was originally charged with felony murder.
The charges stem from the murder of Christy Wiles in January 2013. A fire broke out at a home in the 200 block on North Lafayette in Chanute. Authorities say Wiles was inside at the time and died from smoke inhalation. Her body was found a week after the fire as were crews were razing the home.
Officials were able to take Voorhees into custody last February. Shields was taken into custody in April, following a high-speed chase in the St. Joseph, Missouri area. The two are scheduled for sentencing in Neosho County Court on February 25.