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Two suspects, one victim identified in Randolph County crime spree

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 5:18 p.m. CDT; updated 7:29 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 2, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Moberly Police Department released the identities of the two men arrested on suspicion of the committing recent crime spree in Randolph County as well as the name of the deceased woman found in a Moberly home.

The 92-year-old woman was identified as Carmelita L. Kaser of Moberly according to the release. Tuesday's autopsy revealed that she died of an apparent stab wound.

Jeffrey Jay Nichols, 22, and Christopher Demond Lewis III, 18, both of Macon County were named as the suspects, according to the release.

Nichols and Lewis were arrested Monday morning in connection to Kaser's death as well as two shootings, an assault and carjacking, a vehicle fire, a vehicle and gun theft, and a Walmart theft, according to a previous Missourian article. The two shooting victims were taken to University Hospital.

The names of shooting victims and the carjacking victim were not released.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.


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