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Watkins Hearing Scheduled For February

A hearing is set for February 4th to determine whether defeated Representative Steve Watkins will face a trial on charges of felony election fraud and other crimes.

The congressman for eastern Kansas had initially faced his first appearance in state district court last Thursday in Topeka on three felony charges arising from his listing a postal box at a UPS store as his residence on a state voter registration form.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said Watkins’ attorney sought beforehand to schedule a hearing to determine whether Kagay’s office has enough evidence to warrant a trial.

Watkins lost his primary race to State Treasurer Jake LaTurner, who won the seat in November.

Watkins is accused of voting illegally in a Topeka City Council race in November 2019, and of trying to mislead a sheriff’s detective investigating whether he broke state election laws.

Watkins’ corrected voter-registration address was an apartment outside the City Council district that includes the UPS store.

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