Arrest made in Wichita double killing
February 7, 2021
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who was on probation in an assault case has been arrested in the shooting deaths of a teenage couple in Wichita, authorities.
Twenty-two-year-old Dontenize Kelly was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail early Saturday on suspicion of capital murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Kaylah Blackmon and 17-year-old Michael Beasley.
Beasley was found dead on Monday near an abandoned church. Police suspected Blackmon was in danger and asked for the public's help to find her. She was found dead in her sport utility vehicle three days later at an apartment complex.
Information on the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office for consideration of formal charges.
The Wichita Eagle reports that booking records show that Kelly was also arrested for allegedly violating his probation in a separate case.
A warrant filed Friday in that case accuses him of failing to report as ordered to probation staff and of failing to make monthly payments toward his court fees. Court and online corrections records show Sedgwick County placed Kelly on probation for two years in October after he was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal possession of a weapon by a felon for incidents that occurred in March 2020.