Pair arrested Wednesday in Topeka's 4th homicide of the year

James Boatwright, 22 (left) and Davontra Alston, 26 (right) were arrested Wednesday night after a search warrant was served.

TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW) -- Two men are arrested late Wednesday afternoon on first-degree murder counts in connection the city's most recent homicide.

The arrests came after police executed a pair of search warrants around 4 p.m. Wednesday just west of downtown Topeka.

In all, five men were taken into custody as a result of the search warrants.

Police Lt. Aaron Jones said James D. Boatwright, 22, and Davontra L. Alston, 26, were arrested in connection with first-degree murder in the Saturday night shooting death of D’Angelo L. Payne, 28. Alston was also arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Jones said Jeffrey E. Walters, 21, of Topeka, was arrested in connection with criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Additionally, one man was taken to the Shawnee County Jail on an outstanding unrelated warrant, while another man was released.

The search warrants were served in the investigation of Topeka's fourth homicide of the year, which occurerd around 11:27 p.m. Saturday near S.W. 5th and Western. Police were sent to the scene after gunshots and a vehicle crash were reported in the area. Payne was found dead at the scene.

The homes where search warrants were served Wednesday afternoon were in the 200 block of S.W. 4th Street and the 600 block of S.W. 5th Street, just a few blocks from where Payne was found dead.

“This is a follow up," Jones said Wednesday afternoon at the scene. "If you saw earlier, we were out at another address, and I can tell you today we have served two search warrants on two different properties related to a recent personal crime.”

Officers from both the Topeka Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol were on the scene Wednesday afternoon as the search warrants were served

Anyone with information on the crime may call police detectives at 785-368-9400 or Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.