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Arrest announced in 2003 homicide in Kansas City suburb

August 27, 2020 GMT

WESTWOOD, Kan. (AP) — A man already in prison for one killing has been charged in the shooting death of a grocery store worker in suburban Kansas City in 2003, law enforcement authorities announced Thursday.

Eugene Clayton Keltner, 40, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of David “Ray” Ninemire at the store in Westwood, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said.

Ninemire, 68, was shot and killed when he went to the aid of a co-worker during a robbery at the former Westwood Apple Market, police said. Witnesses said the robber wore a disguise that made him look Amish or like Abraham Lincoln — a black hat, wig, fake beard and a dark coat.

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Howe declined to say what evidence led to Keltner’s arrest, The Kansas City Star reported. He also would not say if Keltner was a suspect from the beginning.

Keltner is currently incarcerated in Lansing after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 shooting death of Miguel A. Morales in Kansas City, Kansas. He was also convicted of several other crimes, including aggravated robbery, aggravated battery, child endangerment and theft.

Ninemire’s death was the first homicide in Westwood since the small Johnson County community was incorporated in 1949.