Newton murder case prompts new sex-offender legislation


A double murder committed by a homeless man convicted of an earlier sexual offense is prompting legislation that will clamp down harder on young sexual predators.

The bill by Republican state Rep. John Whitmer of Wichita would require juveniles convicted of a violent sexual offense to register as a sex offender for life.

The legislation is in response to a case in Newton, Kan., where then-19-year-old Keith Hawkins murdered a woman and her daughter last year after he had been convicted of a sexual offense when he was 14. He was 12 when the original crime occurred . . .


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