Johnson County prosecutors to pursue death penalty for man accused of rape, murder

Posted at 12:13 PM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 13:13:28-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a filing made in Johnson County Court Thursday, the district attorney announced prosecutors will pursue the death penalty for Korrey R. Rinke if he is convicted of capital murder.

Rinke is the man charged in the rape and murder of 46-year-old Julianna Pappas

The Ottawa, Kansas, man is accused of raping Pappas in an Overland Park park. He told police he sexually assaulted her and left her in the park, but when he went back four days later, he couldn’t find her body.

Authorities found Pappas’ remains more than a week later.