Arrest in shooting death in south central Kansas

NASHVILLE, Kansas – Formal charges are expected this week in the shooting death of a man in a small south central Kansas town.

Kingman County Sheriff Randy Hill says 57-year-old Curtis Lee Shelton died in the shooting in Nashville Friday. He was found dead inside his home.

Nashville is about 70 miles southwest of Wichita. The last census count shows it had a population of 64 so when news spread that a long time resident was murdered they couldn’t believe it happened.

It took police less than 7 hours to arrest Dean Cowles, 46.

The Kingman County Sheriff’s Office says he had just moved into town not too long ago, but is now sitting in jail booked on suspicion of murder for the death of Curtis Lee Shelton, 57.

“We’re small and everybody talks you know?” said neighbor. “We kind of do look out for each other when something happens.”

It all started when a concerned neighbor called the Kingman County Sheriff’s Office asking if deputies could do a welfare check on Shelton, who was living by himself.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said neighbor.

When deputies arrived to Shelton’s home near Main and Libby on Saturday afternoon they found him dead inside. Autopsy results show the victim was shot several times.

“Pretty much there was a few people around town that he socialized with,” said neighbor.

Those who knew Shelton didn’t want to go on camera, but tell KSN he had lived in Nashville for more than 20 years and for the most part was quiet and kept to himself.

“I never thought that something like this would ever happen,” said neighbor. “I mean it just doesn’t happen here.”

Right now, we’re told a Kingman County Attorney will take a look at the case next week to decide whether formal charges will be filed against Cowles.

His bond is set at $750,000.
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