Local Charges Dropped Against Carnival Workers Accused of Killing Elderly Couple

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Local charges against the four individuals accused of killing an elderly couple in July have been dropped.

Michael Fowler, Rusty Fraiser, Christine Tenney and Kimberly Younger are accused of killing 78-year-old Alfred Carpenter and 79-year-old Pauline Carpenter.

The killings took place on the fairgrounds in Great Bend, Kansas, where the couple had a vendor booth and three of the suspects were working at the carnival.

The bodies were found in a shallow grave under a mattress in Crawford County.

Police reports state Younger posed as a member of a carnival mafia, under the pseudo name Frank Zaitchik, and ordered the theft of the couple’s camper and their murders as an initiation into the mafia.

In Arkansas, all four were facing charges including abuse of a corpse, theft by receiving and tampering with evidence. Court records state that as of December 19, an Arkansas judge dismissed all charges.

Currently, all four are being held at a Kansas jail charged with capital murder, with the exception of Tenney.

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