Suspect in Kansas killing found Tuesday in Douglass Park

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 7:12 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A man suspected in the October killing of a Pittsburg, Kan., resident was spotted and apprehended by a Columbia police officer at about 6 p.m. Tuesday in Douglass Park, said Jill Schlude, a spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department.

Nathan Darrell Whitney, 27, was being held Wednesday in Boone County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Whitney, who has a Joplin address, was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for receiving stolen property in Johnson County, according to police.

Pittsburg, Kan., police contacted the Boone County Sheriff's department to inform them Whitney might have fled to Columbia.

The Joplin Globe reported on Oct. 14 that Whitney and three others faced first-degree murder charges in connection to the death of Ryan Bailey, 21, who was shot and killed Oct. 6.

Crawford County authorities told a Globe reporter that robbery was the motive. Bailey's wife and two children were in the house at the time of his death.

In 2009, Whitney was sentenced to two years in prison for felony possession of a controlled substance. The sentence was suspended, and he was placed in a drug-treatment program and ordered to serve 120 days of probation.

At the time, he listed a Columbia address.

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