Man Charged in Death of Kecia King to Appear in Court on Thursday

Published 03/07 2012 10:44AM

Updated 03/07 2012 08:53PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A Mississippi trucker is scheduled to appear in a Buchanan County courtroom for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

Kent Harris, 49, is charged for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kecia King.

King was left for dead on the side of I-29 near Pickett Road on Jan. 21.

Court documents allege the trucker met up with King at a bar the night of her death.

According to the probable cause statement, King left the bar with Harris. She was later found by a passerby on I-29 near Pickett, badly injured.

Investigators say an autopsy revealed King died from head trauma, resulting in brain swelling consistent with a fall from a vehicle.

Harris was arrested days later in Broward County, Florida.

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