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Search continues for man accused in shooting death of Salina woman

Police identify Salina murder suspect
Police identify Salina murder suspect(KWCH)
Published: Feb. 24, 2021 at 10:20 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2021 at 4:02 PM CST
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SALINA, Kan. (KWCH)- Update Monday, March 1, 2021: The Salina Police Department continues its search for Nelson Garrod Hull III, identified as a suspect in the Feb. 23 killing of 36-year-old Courtney Ann Hoffman. Police said Hull III is 35 years old. He stands about 6′3, weighs about 220 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. On the right side of his neck are the words, “Mi Familia.” Police said Hull should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone who sees him or knows where he could be should immediately call 911.

In the investigation into Hoffman’s shooting death, police on Monday, (March 1) announced that “detectives developed information that a man aided Hull after the commission of the homicide.”

“The investigation resulted in probable cause to arrest (34-year-old Clarence Darnyl) Brown and charges were requested for aiding and abetting first degree murder, criminal solicitation and interference with law enforcement,” police said.

A Salina murder investigation resulted in probable cause to arrest Clarence Darnyl Brown and...
A Salina murder investigation resulted in probable cause to arrest Clarence Darnyl Brown and charges were requested for Aiding and Abetting First Degree Murder, Criminal Solicitation and Interference with Law Enforcement.(Salina Police Department)

Anyone with information about the crime should call Crime stoppers at 825-TIPS, text SATIPS to CRIMES (274637), or visit https://new.tipsubmit.com/en/create-report/anonymous/salina.org to submit a tip online.

“You may receive a cash reward. The Crime stoppers board has increased the possible reward amount up to $2,500, and you are not required to give your name. Tipsters may also contact Detective Jeff Vaughan at the Salina Police Department at (785) 826-7210,” the Salina PD said.

Update Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021: The Salina Police Department has identified the Nelson Gerrod Hull III as the suspect in the killing of Courtney Ann Hoffman. An arrest warrant for Murder in the 1st Degree was issued by the Saline County District Court for Hull.

Law enforcement is actively seeking the whereabouts of Hull. Police say he is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on Hull’s current location you are asked to call 911.

Those with information can call Crimestoppers at 825-TIPS, or text SATIPS to CRIMES (274637), or visit www.pd.salina.org and follow the Crimestoppers link to submit a web tip or contact Detective Jeff Vaughan at the Salina Police Department at (785) 826-7210. You may receive a cash reward.

Salina police are investigating a woman’s death Tuesday morning as a homicide.

Police said they received reports of gunshots and a woman screaming just before noon on Tuesday in the 700 block of North 4th Street.

It was there that they found the woman, 36-year-old Courtney Hoffman, with a gunshot wound inside a vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Salina Police are attempting to identify suspects and working to identify and locate persons who were in the area at the time of the shooting.

Those with information can call Crimestoppers at 825-TIPS, or text SATIPS to CRIMES (274637), or visit www.pd.salina.org and follow the Crimestoppers link to submit a web tip or contact Detective Jeff Vaughan at the Salina Police Department at (785) 826-7210.

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