Murder case re-surfaces in Topeka

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A man is facing first degree murder charges in the 2012 death of his business partner.

It was a cold case until today.  Law enforcement said new evidence led them to Monroe Lockhart, who now is facing charges for the January 2012 murder of Corey Brown.

Brown’s body was found in Douglas County nearly two years ago with a gunshot wound.

Monroe is already in jail for other non-related battery charges.

The two were business partners in the Hudson Crossing Development in East Topeka.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A 40-year-old Topeka man has been charged with first-degree murder over the January 2012 shooting of a local developer described as a friend and business partner.

Monroe E. Lockhart also faces a felony arson charge in a complaint filed Friday in Shawnee County District Court by District Attorney Chad Taylor.

Lockhart already is in custody after being convicted earlier this year of multiple charges for a November 2011 home invasion and the burning of a woman with a heated knife blade.

The new case involves the death of Corey Michael Brown. Family members previously told The Topeka Capital-Journal the two were good friends and partners. Authorities provided few details about the crime.

Taylor said the arson charge alleges Lockhart destroyed his car to get insurance money.

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