Hearing sheds new light on triple homicide, rape revenge the possible motive

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — New details were revealed about a March triple homicide during the first day of testimony in the preliminary hearings for three of the four suspects.

The detective who interviewed Shane Mays, Brian Flowers, and Joseph Lowry took the stand Monday, saying each had a different story about what happened.

The three face various charges in the murders of Luke Davis, Nicole Fisher, and Matthew Leavitt, all of whom were found dead on March 12 in a home in the 100 block of NW Grant. A fourth suspect, Joseph Krahn, is the only person charged with all three deaths.

Detectives who interviewed the suspects testified Flowers said he had nothing to do with the murders and found out about them through the woman who lived at the house, Kora Liles.

Detectives indicate that Flowers, Lowry, and Krahn, wanted revenge on Matthew Leavitt for allegedly raping Liles.

Detectives say Lowry admitted to pulling a gun on Mays and Leavitt when they arrived, but left before anyone was killed. However, Mays told detectives different details.

“Joseph Krahn told him if he got his hands dirty he could live, so that’s why he did what he did. He stated he feared for his life and he thought that was the only way he was getting out of there alive that night,” Det. Jason Deutsch said.

Testimony shows Nicole Fisher was there to buy meth, when everything happened.

“Yeah we were doing drugs. Yes that was bad enough. But, you know, now there’s guns in the house. And it was just getting worse,” said Mathew Tilton, Fisher’s boyfriend.

In his statement, Mays says Leavitt was beaten while being taken inside the home. And when Luke Davis knocked on the front door for a ride, he was pulled inside as well.

Deutsch said Mays admitted he placed a bag over Leavitt and Fisher's heads, but stopped when they started moving, and Krahn stepped in and suffocated them. Mays said Krahn stabbed and killed Davis when he tried to escape.

“Joseph Krahn told him if he got his hands dirty he could live, so that’s why he did what he did. He stated he feared for his life and he thought that was the only way he was getting out of there alive that night,” said Det. Deutsch.

This hearing will determine if there's enough evidence for the three to stand trial. Testimony resumes Tuesday morning.