OLATHE, Kan. -- It was a murder case that went cold for three years until May of this year when two suspects were arrested.
On Monday, one of the men arrested for the murder of the owner of Mr. G's Liquor Store was in court. The victim's family and friends have said they want closure. The murder of Jerry Grovenburg was a mystery for three years. The liquor store owner was found shot to death behind the counter of his store in May of 2010.
On Monday Larry Marshall, one of the suspects in the case, testified against another suspect, Bruce Ashley. He said he dropped Ashley off near the liquor store so Ashley could rob it. Marshall said it wasn't until after he got back into the car that Ashley admitted shooting someone.
"He jumped in, told me go, go," Marshall testified.
When the prosecutor asked about Ashley's demeanor, Marshall said Ashley was "surprised, shocked, maybe."
"What else did Mr. Ashley tell you," the prosecutor asked?
"He think he shot somebody," Marshall answered.
It appeared the case had gone cold when prosecutors made a surprising announcement. Last May, they charged Marshall and Ashley with murder and aggravated robbery.
It turned out it wasn't much of a robbery -- no money was taken. In fact, the only thing the suspects took was a 40-ounce can of Budweiser.
On Monday, the Johnson Co. medical examiner R. Michael Handler confirmed in court that the 61-year-old victim died from a single gunshot.
"The manner of death is homicide," Handler told the court.
Investigators still haven't revealed how they cracked the case. There was no surveillance video and police never found a murder weapon despite getting a tip as to where it might have been dumped in Kansas City, Kansas.
The pre-trial hearing continues at 9 a.m. Several detectives are expected to take the stand.