Autopsy begins on Kansas woman found raped, burned

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Posted: Nov 24, 2014 5:21 PM
Autopsy begins on Kansas woman found raped, burned

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An autopsy has begun on a Kansas woman who died this weekend, days after she was sexually assaulted and set on fire in a Wichita park, a county official said Monday.

Sedgwick County spokeswoman Brittany Clampitt said coroner's office officials were investigating, but it wasn't clear when the examination would be complete.

Family members held a memorial for Letitia "Tish" Davis on Sunday evening in Wichita's Fairmount Park, where she was found Nov. 14 with burns on more than half her body and cuts on her head.

They remembered her as a loving mother of four. Marcie Bell called Davis "truly a beautiful person."

"This is my way to tell her she will never be forgotten," Bell told The Wichita Eagle.

Cornell McNeal has been jailed and charged with attempted murder and rape. He doesn't yet have a lawyer, according to court records and the Sedgwick County Public Defender's office.

Police Lt. James Espinoza told The Eagle that charges against McNeal would be amended after Davis died Saturday. He hasn't returned messages from The Associated Press seeking comment. A capital charge could make McNeal eligible for the death penalty.

District attorney's office spokeswoman Georgia Cole said Monday that prosecutors would determine "what charges are appropriate based on new evidence," which would include the results of the autopsy.