Topeka Man Arrested in Connection to 2007 Slaying

By: 13 news
By: 13 news

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Topeka man has been arrested in connection with a 2007 homicide. He's the fourth person to be charged with the murder.

Police arrested Kelvin Phillips, 20, Thursday on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and criminal possession of a firearm for the August 10, 2007 death of James Dyer, Jr. at 1181 MacVicar, Topeka.

On August 24, 2007, charges of First Degree Murder and Criminal Possession of a Firearm were filed against Drake "Little Man" Kettler, Jr., 23, Corky "Corey" Williams, and Antonio Armstrong, 20, in connection with the shooting death.

It is alleged the men went to the MacVicar address, entered the house with exposed firearms, pursued the victim to a back bathroom where they surrounded him, where there was a struggle, then forced the victim into a back bedroom where he was shot to death. Dyer was shot twice.

Phillips is being held in the Shawnee County Adult Detention Center on $250,000 bond requested by the District Attorney.

An Amended Complaint was filed on July 21, 2008 as to the Defendants, Kettler and Williams, adding an additional charge of conspire to commit Murder in the First Degree Intentional.

A preliminary hearing will be held on August 13, 2008 as to the additional charges in those two cases.

As to the charges against the Defendant Antonio Armstrong, a criminal status docket is scheduled for September 18, 2008.


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