Shawnee Co. DA adds repurposes fund to investigate cold cases

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Shawnee County's District Attorney wants to re-purpose one of his funds to shine new light on cold cases.

DA Mike Kagay outlined the plan Monday for commissioners.

According to Kagay, the DA's office created a fund in 2014 to cover extra expenses associated with prosecuting death penalty cases. However, they have had no cases of that type since then.

Kagay wants to use those resources to assist law enforcement in getting the final investigative pieces needed to bring charges in older homicides that may have fallen to lower priority as new cases came in.

"This is the DA's office trying to do our part to try to support our law enforcement partners and bring those cases forward so that the victims in those cases and the victims' families can finally receive the justice that they deserve," Kagay said.

Commissioners unanimously approved Kagay's proposal.

He says the fund currently has about $95,000. Kagay says he believes several cold cases could see immediate impact from additional resources.