Travis Belt appeared in front of McPherson County District Court Judge John Klenda on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.
Belt, 25, faces premeditated first-degree murder along with burglary and two charges of theft for the killing of 58-year-old Steve Carlson.
Police found Carlson’s body in his McPherson home on April 14.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Carlson lent Belt his truck the day before police found the body. Belt allegedly took the truck to Walmart and stole several items, including a blue knife.
On the same day, Belt failed to appear to his probation officer. The probation included charges for criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, aggravated assault, endangering a child and driving under the influence.
Belt’s decision to elude his probation officer occurred exactly one year after his father, Douglas Belt, died in prison.
Douglas Belt, also known as the “I-70 rapist,” was on death row for killing Lucille Gallegos of Wichita in 2002.
The preliminary hearing continues next week and is scheduled to continue until Sept. 1.