Woman arrested in death of her husband in Salina

Published: Dec. 1, 2019 at 11:57 AM CST
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Authorities have arrested a woman in the killing of her husband in Salina.

Sixty-year-old Melani Grubbs was booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the death of her husband, 52-year-old Phillip Grubbs Jr. Police say emergency crews found him dead Saturday while responding to an emergency call. Police haven’t said how he died.

Corrections records show Grubbs has a previous conviction for theft and had been out of prison since September 2017.

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Salina police continue to investigate the death of a 52-year-old man found in his home on Saturday.

A quiet Saturday for David Rollins quickly changed when police knocked on his door, he said they asked if he heard any gunshots, but he didn't because he was asleep.

Police say emergency crews found 52-year-old Phillip Grubbs, Jr dead in a home near North 10th Street and Hamilton Ave after they were called there for a medical emergency.

"Kind of a shock that this would be the second incident in this neighborhood, I think eight years they had an incident down the street eight years ago, same thing pretty much," said Rollins.

Salina Police say they arrested Phillip's wife, 60-year-old Melani Grubbs, on one count of second degree murder and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm, but police haven't said exactly how he died.

a neighbor says he heard gunshots on Friday and believes it came from the same house where the man was found. He says after the police activity from Saturday and Sunday he believes they're connected.

Troy Cramer lives across the street and says when he got home Saturday afternoon all four corners of the intersection where is lives were blocked off with police cars. He says he didn't know Melani that well but knew something didn't seem right.

"She seemed like she may have had a lot of problems in her personal life and things like that, I'll just leave it at that," said Cramer.

For now this police tape stays up while Cramer hopes investigators can find out what led up to his neighbor being killed.

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