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Man Wanted on Involuntary Manslaughter Charge Arrested in Florida

<p>A Mississippi man wanted in connection to a St. Joseph woman's death has been arrested in Florida. Authorities arrested Kent Harris, 49, Tuesday as part of the investigation into Kecia King's death.</p>

A Mississippi man wanted in connection to a St. Joseph woman's death has been arrested in Florida.

Authorities arrested Kent Harris, 49, Tuesday of Greenville, Mississippi as part of the investigation into Kecia King's death.

"He was arrested at a business in Deerfield Beach, Florida while he was offloading his truck," said Sgt. Sheldon Lyon, Missouri Highway Patrol.

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

A warrant was issued Tuesday in Buchanan County for Harris' arrest.

Court documents allege the trucker met up with King at a bar on Jan. 21.

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.

An investigator with the Missouri Highway Patrol stated in court documents that Harris confirmed by phone that he had been at the St. Joseph bar the night of King's death.

A global positioning system (GPS) was used to determine Harris' truck had been in the area where King's body was found about 20 minutes before she was discovered.

Harris is charged with the Class C felony of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree in Buchanan County.

Harris is in now in custody in Broward County, Florida.

A spokeswoman with the Broward Sheriff's Office said Harris will be returned to St. Joseph, but a timeline for that was not released. His bond is set at $100,000.

Investigators with the Missouri Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Contral flew to Florida to follow up on the investigation.

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