Man pleads guilty in Kansas to murder in unborn child's death

Andrew Anthony Guerrero, the first person charged in Wyandotte County under a law that allows for murder charges in the death of an unborn child, pleaded guilty this morning to one charge each of capital and felony murder.

In exchange for Guerrero's plea, District Attorney Jerome Gorman said he would not seek the death penalty.

Guerrero was charged with capital murder in the deaths of his pregnant ex-wife, Nicolette Lyons-Reed, 23, and her 8-month-old daughter, Leah Lyons-Reed. He also was charged with felony murder in the death of Lyons-Reed's unborn child.

Lyons-Reed and Leah were found shot to death Feb. 3 at their home in Kansas City, Kan.

After the murders, Guerrero was at the center of a nationwide manhunt after he took his son, Seth Guerrero, across state lines, triggering an Amber Alert. The two were later found in Denton, Texas.

The charge relating to the unborn child was filed under what is commonly called Alexa’s Law, which makes it a crime to kill or injure an unborn child during an attack on the mother, stems from a bill that was signed into law in Kansas in May 2007. Gorman said the law applied to any stage of gestation from fertilization to birth.

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