Authorities search for evidence at Lake Shawnee

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The Douglas County Underwater Rescue and Recovery team spent much of today at Lake  Shawnee.

Kansas First News was told they were searching for evidence in connection with the early 2012 homicide of Topeka business man Corey Brown.

Topeka Police say they received a tip and asked the team to conduct a search on their behalf.   Brown was found dead in a rural part of western Douglas County on January 3, 2012.

Just last Friday, the Shawnee County District Attorney filed a 1st degree murder charge against Brown’s business partner, Monroe Lockhart III of Topeka.  Lockhart and Brown were business partners in Hudson Crossing at SE 15th and Adams in Topeka.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Divers are searching a northeast Kansas lake as part of the investigation into the 2012 shooting death of a developer.

Officers investigating the death of 39-year-old Corey Michael Brown retrieved several items by noon Monday from Lake Shawnee. The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://is.gd/dF3e8I) reports that the retrieved items included lawn chairs, fishing poles, old bottles and cans.

Forty-year-old Monroe E. Lockhart is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his friend and business partner. Lockhart also faces a felony arson charge in Shawnee County District Court.

Lockhart is already incarcerated for other crimes. Earlier this year, he was sentenced to serve nearly 10 years in prison in connection with a November 2011 home invasion.

The dive team comes from Douglas County. It was requested by the Topeka Police Department.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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