Archive for Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Topekan with links to homicide victim being held in county jail

August 22, 2012


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.


cheeseburger 1 year, 7 months ago

How does it work, Alex? Enlighten us please. Who writes the headlines? Who does (or doesn't) correct faulty headlines? Who does (or doesn't) correct grammatical or informational flaws in stories? As one poster correctly posted, when an error is indicated and corrected, that's one thing; when the error is left standing, it smacks of incompetence or arrogance.


cheeseburger 1 year, 7 months ago

Ten comments critical of the poorly written headline, and mine is the only one removed? Selective enforcement?

Any why is removing comments more important than correcting the poorly written headline? Seems to me that cleaning up errors would be your first priority.


Shane Garrett 1 year, 7 months ago

I was taught, by the University of Kansas school of journalism, to write at a fifth grade reading level. I was told that was the national average reading skill level for Americans. Guess, my professor was right.


reality_check79 1 year, 7 months ago

"linked to homicide victim" how is this confusing... It's obviously not the homicide victim if the person is "linked to the victim"... seems pretty simple to me...


Jock Navels 1 year, 7 months ago

I believe it's called a dangling modifier... 8th grade English .


lawslady 1 year, 7 months ago

Who wrotre this headline? It reads as if the dead person is in jail. "....homicide victim being held in county jail." How about "Topekan being held in jail is linked to homicide victim."


Mike Ford 1 year, 8 months ago

out where the auto gunfire and the confederacy is.....


msezdsit 1 year, 8 months ago

"Topekan linked to homicide victim being held in county jail"

Why are they keeping a homicide victim in the county jail.


swampyankee 1 year, 8 months ago

extreme northwestern douglas county now that is radical dude


LJ Whirled 1 year, 8 months ago

Okay, so we all pretty much know what happened ... are there any cops smart enough to PROVE it? Shawnee County has been running a little short on "proving it" lately.


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