Arrest made in 2015 Homicide

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2017
Arrest made in 2015 Homicide
TOPEKA, Kan.- It has been nearly two and a half years since the TPD responded to a drive by shooting in the area of SE GOLF PARK BLVD & SE FREMONT ST on July 6th, 2015. The victim, a 5year old girl, succumbed to her injuries at a local hospital, marking the incident as the 6th homicide of 2015.
TPD Detectives sought the public’s assistance for any information; officer presence was increased for several months following the homicide in an attempt to deter and decrease violent crime in the area and to receive any information possible in developing a suspect or suspects.
Now, nearing the end of 2017, TPD Detectives have arrested a person of interest in the homicide of Lily Coates-Nichols. Jessie D. Hughes, 21, has been taken into custody through continued investigation by TPD Detectives, and transported to the Department of Corrections on charges of 1st degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm.
Anyone with knowledge of this incident, or any other crime for that matter, is asked to call the Topeka Police Department at 785-368-9200, or Crime Stoppers at 234-0007, or you can report on-line at
Contact: LT Jennifer Cross
All persons charged with a criminal offense are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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