Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Probe continues into fatal shooting

June 20, 2001

A rural Linwood man has been released from the Leavenworth County Jail, pending the conclusion of an investigation into the shooting death of his son-in-law.

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.

Leach was released from jail last Wednesday afternoon, on orders of Frank Kohl, Leavenworth County attorney.

"The investigation is coming to a conclusion, and we'll turn it over to the county attorney," said Major Dave Zoellner, Leavenworth County undersheriff. "The case will be turned over to the prosecutor, and it will be his call. Mr. Leach was ordered released by the prosecutor, pending completion of the investigation."

Zoellner said Leach is accused of using a .22-caliber revolver to shoot Roach after an argument started when Roach arrived at the Leach residence before 6 p.m. June 11 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, Zoellner said. It, too, had been fired, he said.

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