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Man charged with 2 counts of 1st-degree murder in deaths of teens in Wichita

Published: Feb. 1, 2021 at 10:47 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2021 at 4:47 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021: A man accused of killing two teens in Wichita made its first appearance in court on Tuesday. Dontenize Kelly is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Michael Beasley and 18-year-old Kaylah Blackmon.

Feb. 6, 2021 -The Wichita Police Department has arrested 22-year-old Dontenize Kelly for capital murder and outstanding warrant, stemming from the investigation into the deaths of 17-year-old Michael Beasly and 18-year-old Kaylah Blackmon.

Beasley was found dead on Monday, and Blackmon was found dead on Thursday. Through the investigations of their deaths, Kelly was determined to be involved.

He was arrested Friday evening without incident.

The investigation is ongoing, and the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Feb. 4, 2021 - Kaylah Blackmon and her car have been found, according to the Wichita Police.

A Wichita Police lieutenant was patrolling the area of an apartment complex in the 500 block of West 27th Street South when he found Blackmon’s car. Blackmon was also found in the car deceased.

The investigation is ongoing and police are still working to determine the circumstances around the case.

Feb. 2, 2021 - Wichita police have identified the body that was found near an abandoned church Monday.

Police said officers responded to a shooting call around 9:30 a.m. in the 1009 block of N. Ash. A passerby saw a body on the ground on the northside of the church. When the person approached them to see if he needed help, they discovered the teen was unresponsive and called 911. Officers arrived and determined the teen was dead. He has been identified as 17-year-old Michael Beasley.

Related to the case, police are now looking for his girlfriend, 18-year-old Kaylah Blackmon, and her grey 2005 Ford Escape with license plate 566 NPK. Police believe she may be in danger.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who knows Blackmon’s whereabouts or her Ford Escape is asked to call 911 or Crimestoppers at 267-2111.

Feb. 1, 2021 - A man was found dead outside an abandoned church in the 1000 block of N Ash Monday morning.

They were pronounced dead at the scene. The call came in around 9:30 a.m.

Police do not have any other details, including the man’s age, identity, circumstances surrounding his death or cause of death.

If you do have information or saw anything in that area call detectives at 268-4407 or Crimestoppers at 267-2111 or the 519-2282 See Something Say Something hotline.

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