Archive for Wednesday, July 18, 2001

No charges planned in Linwood shooting

July 18, 2001

No charges have been filed against a rural Linwood man, who was jailed following the June 11 shooting death of his son-in-law.

And it's not clear whether charges ever will be filed, according to Leavenworth County Attorney Frank Kohl.

"What we've got to do is find out if there is going to be any more information that comes available," Kohl said. "We can't charge anything right now. We don't have sufficient evidence to say he committed a crime or he didn't commit a crime."

Sheriff's officers allege that Charles Leach, 61, fatally shot Michael Roach, 38, Eudora, in the head during an argument on June 11 at Leach's rural Linwood home. The residence is at 12212 220th St., which is about a half-mile south of Kansas Highway 32 on Leavenworth County Road 1.

Officers took Leach into custody shortly after the shooting, which occurred about 6 p.m. He was released, pending completion of the sheriff's department's investigation.

Officials said Leach is accused of using a .22-caliber revolver to shoot Roach after an argument started when Roach arrived at the Leach residence to pick up some of his belongings.

Roach was flown by LifeStar helicopter to the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he died about six hours later.

A 9 mm semiautomatic handgun also was found at the scene, sheriff's Major Dave Zoellner said. It, too, had been fired, he said.

It's not clear whether the case was murder or self-defense, Kohl said.

"We can't say one way or another what the situation was," he said.

He noted that no statute of limitations exists in homicide cases.

"You never know when new information on a case like that becomes available," he said.

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