A Topeka man with ties to a homicide victim whose body was found in Douglas County was brought Wednesday to the Douglas County Jail, where he’s being held in a separate Shawnee County case.
According to jail records, Monroe Eugene Lockhart, 39, was brought to Lawrence by Topeka police and booked into the jail at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
He is being held for Shawnee County authorities in an aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and aggravated assault case involving a Nov. 10, 2011, Topeka home invasion in which a woman allegedly was burned with a heated knife.
Lockhart was an owner of a convenience store, formerly called Mo’s Express, at the Hudson Crossing Development in Topeka. The body of a 39-year-old Topeka man, Corey Brown, a vice president of the development company for the shopping center where the convenience store was located, was found Jan. 5 in extreme northwestern Douglas County near the Shawnee County line.
Douglas County sheriff’s investigators have said only that a gun was involved in Brown’s slaying, which still is under investigation. No one has been arrested in connection with Brown’s homicide.
Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller in February said officers also were investigating whether a burned vehicle owned by Lockhart and found in Topeka hours after Brown disappeared was connected to the homicide. According to published reports, family members and a past attorney for Lockhart denied he was involved in Brown’s death saying the two men were friends.
Authorities Wednesday did not say why Lockhart was brought to the Douglas County Jail while he’s being held in connection with the Topeka home invasion case.
Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County sheriff’s spokesman, said Wednesday it is not uncommon to hold inmates for cases in other counties. He referred further questions to jail records, which indicated Lockhart was being held at the request of Shawnee County authorities. Kristen Veverka, a Topeka police spokeswoman, on Wednesday referred questions about Lockhart to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
According to online court records, Douglas County sheriff’s detectives are listed as witnesses in Lockhart’s home invasion case. Lockhart’s trial in the Topeka case is scheduled for Oct. 22.