Shawnee Co. DA announces arrest, charges related to 2016 triple homicide case

Shawnee Co. District Attorney Mike Kagay (Source: Shawnee Co. District Attorney's Office)
Shawnee Co. District Attorney Mike Kagay (Source: Shawnee Co. District Attorney's Office)(WIBW)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 2:07 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced Yanez C. Sandford, 38, has been arrested and is facing charges for a 2016 triple homicide case.

“I am pleased to announce that today we have filed charges of capital murder , premeditated murder, attempted murder, rape, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated burglary against Yanez C. Sanford age 38 of Topeka.”

Kagay says Sandford was arrested Monday in Independence, Missouri. He is currently being held in Missouri on a $1,000,000 bond.

TPD has been investigating since 2016, after Camrah Trotter, 20, and Dominque Ray, 23, were found dead at the Fairlawn Green Apartments in mid August.

Trotter was pregnant at the time of her death. Under Alexa’s Law, an unborn child, at any stage of gestation, is defined as a person for the purposes of the Kansas statutes against murder, manslaughter and several battery charges.

Authorities say both Trotter and Ray had been shot several times.

After four years of work from the Topeka Police Department’s Homicide Division, Kagay says the investigative part of the case is now closed.

“As time passed without any new leads this case went cold joining the other unsolved homicides in Topeka’s past, we were determined that it should not stay there, we are resolved that there should be no unsolved homicides. I would like to thank all the hardworking men and women of the Topeka Police Department but especially the homicide division for their tireless dedication to the pursuit of justice.”

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