Suspect Pleads No Contest In Topeka Homicide

Posted 2 years ago

By Fred Gough

TOPEKA (AP) – A Topeka man pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and other charges in a shooting death near a Topeka high school.

Austin Tabor pleaded no contest Monday to killing 20-year-old Matthew Mitchell in October 2010 near Topeka West High School. A 17-year-old friend of Mitchell’s survived after being shot five times.

Tabor was scheduled to go on trial in two weeks for a second time. His first trial ended in a mistrial when a newspaper reporter inadvertently tweeted a photo that showed a juror. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 26.

Two other people have already entered pleas in the case. The trial for a fourth suspect, Coty Newman, is set to start Nov. 27.