Affidavit details case against Norton man accused of killing wife

Damien Shields (Kansas Department of Corrections)

NORTON COUNTY, Kan. Court documents unveiled in Norton County provide further information in the case against a Norton man accused of killing his wife in early April.

An affidavit lays out probable cause for the first -degree murder charge against 42-year-old Damien Shields. The affidavit says Shields went to Lawrence with his children on April 7, the day his wife, Lori Shields was found dead. A Norton police officer spoke with a woman who reported Damien Shields called her on Lori Shields'cell phone and said that Lori was dead.

That afternoon, Lawrence police relayed information to the Norton County Police Department, which led to the Norton County undersheriff going to the Shields' home.

The affidavit says officers didn't make contact with anyone at the home and the undersheriff forced a door open. Inside the home, the undersheriff found Lori Shields dead at the bottom of basement stairs.

During a search warrant executed on the night of April 7, a handwritten note was found inside the home. The redacted affidavit does not detail the content of that note it says was written on a small pad and was 12 pages in length.

Cape Girardeau, Mo. police arrested Damien Shields on April 8 after Norton County deputies that morning received a report that he was injured with self-inflicted wounds at a hotel in Cape Girardeau.

Police say Shields was released from a hospital that afternoon and then was booked into the Cape Girardeau County Jail for first-degree murder.