- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the 1988 shooting deaths of two people in Kansas City, Kansas.

Wyandotte County authorities charged Melvin L. Shields Thursday in the deaths of 27-year-old Jolene Jones and 33-year-old Steve Ray.

The Kansas City Star reports (https://bit.ly/1VEUFgz ) the victims were longtime friends who had a daughter together. Their bodies were found in a secluded area near the Kansas River.

Prosecutors say the initial investigation didn’t identify a suspect. The investigation was recently reopened, which led to Shields’ arrest. Prosecutors didn’t say what evidence led to the charges.

Shields is being held in Wyandotte County on $1 million bond. He was sentenced to prison shortly after the double killing for unrelated convictions and has a record of criminal convictions.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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