Emporia Man Charged With Murder

An Emporia man was charged with first-degree murder and more than 25 other counts after a fatal collision occurred while he was trying to flee from police, law enforcement officers say.

Devawn Mitchell, 23, was being held in the Lyon County Detention Center on $1 million bond after his arrest last week.

The Emporia Gazette reported other charges against Mitchell include an alternative count of second-degree murder, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, and numerous fleeing and traffic charges.

An affidavit filed by police said the chase began Thursday when Mitchell swerved at a marked patrol car, forcing the officer to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

Officers tracked Mitchell, but broke off two pursuits because he was speeding and running stop signs on city streets.

Eventually, Mitchell rear-ended a pickup truck, which went airborne and hit a power pole.

The pickup’s driver, Steven Henry, 64, of Emporia, was pronounced dead at the scene.