Saturday, February 18, 2023

Suspects arrested in Crawford County Kansas murder

Law enforcement arrested two men this weekend in the death of a 51-year-old from Weir, Kan.

On Friday, around 2:30 p.m., Pittsburg police received a 911 call from a man reporting that someone was shot. Police arrived and found David Duane Mays, 51, of Weir, in the road near 1023 N. Main in Pittsburg, Kan. Mays suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.

Around 3:00 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff requested that the KBI Crime Scene Response Team assist with the investigation.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned there was an altercation that resulted in gunfire.

Police arrested Collin Pal Gebford, 43, and Travis Blake Conness, 32, of Neosho, Mo., on the suspicion of attempted premeditated first-degree murder and felony murder. Both men have been booked into the Crawford County Jail. An autopsy will be performed Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Wildlife and Parks also assisted with this investigation.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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