Nichols the alleged shooter in two local murders

By The Mercury

Separate murders in Manhattan and Junction City last weekend allegedly involved the same gunman.

Anthony S.Nichols, 33, of Kansas City, Kan., was charged Friday afternoon in the killing of a Manhattan man. He had already been arrested by Junction City police Wednesday on first-degree murder and aggravated robbery charges in connection to the fatal shooting of Anthony Nixon, 37, in the early morning hours of Sept. 7.

Nixon died after being shot at the intersection of 10th and Webster in Junction City.

Nichols also was charged Friday with first-degree murder in Manhattan in a shocking development in the Riley County Courthouse.

Christina Love, 49, and James McKenith, 33, both of Manhattan, had been arrested on first-degree murder charges in connection with the death of 68-year-old John Burroughs of the Redbud Estates trailer park.

Nichols’ alleged involvement in the killing of Burroughs emerged during the reading of charges against Love and McKenith. Police allege Nichols was the shooter who conspired with Love and McKenith to kill Burroughs.

Burroughs was found dead in his home at 2500 Farm Bureau Road, Lot 277 on Sept. 8 after police were alerted by work colleagues that he was missing from his job. Police accounts suggest that Love drove the trio to Burroughs’ home, where he was shot by Nichols and then stabbed by McKenith.

The description of the charges implicating Nichols along with Love and McKenith was read by Division II Judge Meryl Wilson.

Love and McKenith are being held in lieu of $1 million bond apiece in Riley County Jail. Nichols is in Geary County Jail with no bond.

Detective Sgt. Trish Giordano of the Junction City Police Department said both cases are still under investigation.

Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson said he anticipated no more arrests in the Burroughs case. He said he couldn’t describe the motive behind the killing of Burroughs, saying that determining it was a “moving target.” He did say that Burroughs’ death was not random.

Nichols has been in state prison for Geary County offenses including aggravated assault and possession of narcotics, according to state records. He left the state prison system when his sentence expired in 2007, records show.

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