Charges filed in 1988 killings of 2 people in Kansas
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Wichita man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the 1988 shooting deaths of two people in Kansas City, Kansas.
Wyandotte County authorities charged Melvin L. Shields Thursday in the deaths of 27-year-old Jolene Jones and 33-year-old Steve Ray.
The Kansas City Star reports the victims were longtime friends who had a daughter together. Their bodies were found in a secluded area near the Kansas River.
Prosecutors say the initial investigation didn't identify a suspect. The investigation was recently reopened, which led to Shields' arrest. Prosecutors didn't say what evidence led to the charges.
Shields is being held in Wyandotte County on $1 million bond. He was sentenced to prison shortly after the double killing for unrelated convictions and has a record of criminal convictions.