Man convicted in Topeka murder case, bail set at $1,000,000

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced Wednesday the conviction of a man related to a 2019 murder in Topeka.

Jeremy Lardner was charged after the death of Brandi Prchal on Nov. 1, 2019 — he entered a plea deal on the following charges:

  • Second degree murder
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Kidnapping

On Nov. 1, 2019, police and firefighters were called to 928 SW Warren just after 8:00 p.m. on a report of the smell of natural gas outside the home. Firefighters forced their way inside the home after failing to make initial contact.

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Upon entry, the firefighters discovered the homeowner, Jeremy Lardner, unconscious on the floor. Lardner was taken to a local hospital after he regained consciousness. The body of Prchal was also found on the scene. She appeared to have suffered “severe blunt force trauma” and was unresponsive — she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Topeka Police Department investigated Prchal’s death and Lardner was later arrested as a result of the investigation. He was subsequently charged with murder.

Lardner’s agreement results in a sentence of around 48 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Jan. 27. Lardner remains in custody with a bond set at $1,000,000.

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