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2 arrested for murder in Burroughs case

By The Mercury

Two people were arrested Wednesday for first-degree murder in connection with the death of 68-year-old John Burroughs, who was found dead in his trailer at Redbud Estates Sunday.

Christina Marie Love, 49 — reportedly a friend of Burroughs — and James McKenith, 33, both of 530 Pierre St., No. 1, are confined at the Riley County Jail on $1 million bond each after they were arrested around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Nakisha Moore, who also lives at 530 Pierre St., told the Mercury that she is the daughter of Love, and McKenith is Love’s son.

Moore said that at about 6 p.m. on Saturday, Love went to Burroughs’ house at 2500 Farm Bureau Road, Lot 277, to “have a beer.”

Moore indicated that Love returned home around midnight that evening, then left with another friend to go to Junction City. Moore said Love told police that when she left, Burroughs was alive and well at his home.

Burroughs’ neighbors have said they last saw him on Friday, and police have not indicated whether he was murdered on Saturday or Sunday. Burroughs’ body was discovered Sunday afternoon, when police responded to a call from co-workers at the Manhattan Country Club who were concerned about his welfare.

Moore was noncommittal when asked about the involvement of her brother, McKenith, in the Burroughs case.

Moore said that Love and Burroughs were good friends and Love often visited Burroughs. She also said that Love never had any problems with Burroughs, or vise versa.

Moore said that the police have been questioning Love, McKenith and her for the last few days, and it was a shock to all of them when Love and McKenith were arrested and charged.

Riley County Police Department Officer Matthew Droge said more details cannot be released at this time because the case is still under investigation, even though arrests have been made.

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