Bond set at $1M for suspect in developer’s death

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, left, discusses the filing of a first-degree murder charge against a 40-year-old Topeka man over the death of a local developer, during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at the county courthouse in Topeka, Kan. To Taylor's right is District Attorney Charles Branson of neighboring Douglas County, whose office investigated the case because the victim's body was found there. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Bond has been set at $1 million for a man charged in the January 2012 shooting death of a Topeka developer.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that divers were searching a lake for evidence when the bond amount was set Monday for Monroe Eugene Lockhart III. The 40-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 39-year-old business partner, Corey M. Brown. Lockhart also faces a felony arson charge in Shawnee County.

Lockhart already was serving a nearly 10-year sentence for a home invasion.

Prosecutors said last week that Brown was shot on the grounds of White Lakes Mall before his body was moved to Douglas County. The arson charge is tied to the burning of Lockhart’s car.

Defense attorney Linda Eckelman didn’t immediately return a phone call.

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