Woman connects two murders

By The Mercury

Christina Love and James McKenith were scheduled for their first court appearance today at 1 pm, charged with first-degree murder in the death of John Burroughs.

Nakisha Moore, Love’s daughter, said she still does not understand why her mother and brother were arrested in connection with Burroughs’ death.

Moore said Love went to Burroughs’ house at 2500 Farm Bureau Road, Lot 227, at 6 p.m. Friday. Love drank one beer with Burroughs, Moore said, insisting her mother returned to their apartment at 530 S. Pierre St., where Moore and McKenith also reside, around 6:30 p.m.

Police have reported that neighbors last saw Burroughs at his house on Thursday.

Moore said McKenith recently moved to Manhattan from Hutchinson. Although McKenith had spent about one week in the homeless shelter in town, he had moved in with Love and Moore prior to Friday.

McKenith spent all of Friday evening at the apartment, Moore said, claiming she went to bed around midnight and did not know whether McKenith left the apartment while she slept.

However, Moore said she was aware that Love left at midnight with friends and traveled to Junction City.

Moore said she received a frantic phone call at 4:30 a.m. Saturday from Love, who was upset because a friend had just been shot and killed in Junction City.

That person was later identified as Anthony D. Nixon, who had been the victim of a homicide.

According to Junction City police, Nixon was shot on the corner of 10th Street and Webster Street at 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Moore said her mother was visiting a friend who lived a few blocks from the shooting. At some point during the visit, Love and her friend took another friend home. They claim to have driven by the scene of the murder.

Moore said it was at that point her mother discovered the name of the victim and frantically called home.

Moore said it wasn’t until Sunday evening, when police questioned Love, Moore and McKenith that they found out Burroughs was also dead.

The JCPD later arrested Anthony S. Nichols in the Nixon shooting. He has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated robbery.

Sgt. Trish Giordano said her department collaborated with the Riley County Police Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Kansas City, Kan., Police Department in locating Nichols. Nichols lives in Kansas City, Kan., and was arrested there on Wednesday.

Moore said her mother knew both the shooter and victim in the Junction City shooting.

Nichols was arrested in Geary County in November 2006 for kidnapping, conspiracy, aggravated assault, attempted aggravated robbery and vehicle theft. In that case, Nichols and two other men were charged with kidnapping a man who had been previously arrested for sale of cocaine, Ecstasy, and marijuana.

Nichols had his first court appearance in the Nixon homicide Friday morning.

A status hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sept. 26 in Geary County, although District Attorney Steven Opat said the preliminary hearing will probably be continued because the attorneys will not be ready to move forward.

Opat would not comment further on the Nichols case or his criminal history. Both the Nichols and Burroughs cases are still being investigated, and police would not offer any further comment.

Authorities in the two jurisdictions likewise have not released information that might connect the murders of Nixon and Burroughs.

The JCPD have also asked that anyone with information concerning Nixon’s death to contact Geary County Crime Stoppers at (785) 762-8477.

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