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Teen arrested in woman’s death on Saturday in southwest Topeka



TOPEKA, Kan. – A 16-year-old juvenile has been arrested in connection with the city’s fifth homicide of 2021 after a woman was found dead on Saturday evening at a home in southwest Topeka.

The youth, whose name hasn’t been released, was arrested in connection with first-degree murder, felony murder, aggravated burglary, theft, and obstruction in the death of 46-year-old Hester Workman.

Authorities haven’t said if the arrested juvenile is a boy or girl.

News of the teen’s arrest came early Tuesday in a news release from the Topeka Police Department.

Authorities said Workman was found dead Saturday night at a home in the 2800 block of S.W. James. The location was just off S.W. 29th between Gage Boulevard and Fairlawn Road.

Police said earlier that officers were called around 7:13 p.m. Saturday to a residence in the 2800 block of S.W. James.

Officers were responding to a 911 call requesting medical personnel at the home, police officials said.

Upon their arrival, officers found an adult female — later identified as Workman — who was deceased.

Workman’s death originally was being investigated as “suspicious” in nature.

Her death has since been classified as a homicide.

Anyone with information may call police detectives at 785-368-9400 or Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.