Charges were dismissed Friday morning in the case against Travis Belt at the McPherson County Courthouse. The Notice of Dismissal stated "...it does dismiss without prejudice all charges currently pending against Defendant, Travis Ryan Belt, so it may complete additional DNA testing."

"After a series of adverse rulings the county attorney dismissed the case," Belt's attorney, Randall E. Fisher stated. "It was dismissed without prejudice. It is totally up to the county attorney to decide what to do and I have no information or control over that. I don't know what is in their head."

The McPherson County Attorney's Office declined to comment on the status of the case.

Belt, 27, of Little River, was arrested April 16, 2017 on multiple charges involving the death of 58-year-old Steven Carlson of McPherson. Carlson's body was discovered at 548 Eshelman St. in McPherson, on the morning of April 14 after dispatch received a call from a friend of Carlson's.

"There is no doubt in my mind or any member of this family that he is innocent," Belt's mother Carlene Soule said. "He was living with this man and he would never have hurt him. We've known that man for years."

Court reports and testimony revealed that Belt had used Carlson's truck while stealing multiple items from Walmart the day before the body was discovered. The truck was missing from Carlson's home when police responded to the call.

A witness in the case stated that on April 12, they had witnessed Belt place Carlson in a headlock and force him to the ground, after which he was asked to leave Carlson's home. Belt refused and laid down on the couch in the living room.

Evidence in the case includes, a partially burned tank top, sweatpants and boxer briefs that police were told Belt attempted to burn the morning of April 14. Police also noted that Belt had lacerations and cuts on his body.

The Notice of Dismissal went on to say that Belt provided the State with a report by Genetic Technologies Inc. in March with a review of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's forensic analysis of the DNA evidence. The report said that the KBI could have done further and more specific testing.

"The KBI undertook a review of the tested samples containing a mixture of DNA. As understood by the State, the KBI's review examined whether sufficient DNA material existed from the unknown subject from each DNA mixed profile to perform Y-STR testing."

The sample in question comes from a bloody knife found at the scene next to Carlson's leg. The DNA on the knife includes an unidentified contributor. The charges are being dropped at this time in order to perform the testing necessary to identify that DNA.

"It has been agony," Soule said. "And then two weeks before the trial they dismissed the charges."

While Belt's charges in this case have been dropped, he is still being held in Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility. He was found guilty in an unrelated case and is expected to remain in custody until 202. His criminal record spans to 2011 with various charges including possession of opiates, opium, narcotic drugs or certain stimulants, criminal possession of a firearm, aggravated assault, DUI and aggravated endangering of a child.

Travis Belt is the son of Douglas Belt, also known as the “I-70 rapist." Douglas Belt was found guilty of the murder of Lucille Gallegos in 2004 and died in 2016 of natural causes while on death row.

"My son is not like his father. He did not raise him and he did not have anything to do with him," Soule said. "He was nothing to this family and nothing to these kids. When we divorced Travis was three years old, he wasn't back in our life ever again."

Travis Belt is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday in another case in which he is charged with aggravated battery from November of 2015.