Man wanted for questioning, Shawnee homicide victim’s car found thousands of miles from crime scene

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SHAWNEE, Kan. — A man wanted for questioning in the killing of a Shawnee woman has been arrested more than a thousand miles from the scene of the crime.

Gregory Wright, 53, is now behind bars in Virginia Beach, Va. Police had been searching for him since early May, when he was named as a “person of interest” in the murder case of a 44-year-old Shawnee woman named Monica Lee.

“The person of interest was located back East, so we appreciate the public`s help on that,” said Johnson Country District Attorney Steve Howe.

Howe said Wright is now charged with one count of possession of stolen property, after Virginia Beach police spotted him with the victim’s stolen car.

Shawnee police believe Wright might have been living with Lee in her apartment in the 7500 block of Flint Street, and quickly wanted to question him about her killing.

But officers soon realized Wright, along with the victim’s silver Honda Civic, were missing.

Both resurfaced just two weeks ago more than a thousand miles from the metro in Virginia Beach, where police arrested Wright on an out-of-state detainer.

“Under the disposition of Detainers Act,” Howe said, “he has a right to either waive extradition and then come back to Kansas, or if he chooses to fight it – which is his right – then it requires Kansas to put the paperwork together to send it to Virginia so the judicial system can review it.”

Howe said he can’t talk specifics of the case while police are still investigating but said finding Wright was a critical piece of the puzzle.

“We hope that with the continued investigation and leads, that we`ll be able to solve this crime,” he said.

Once a fugitive is taken into custody, Shawnee police have 90 days to pick Wright up, unless they can obtain a special extension. In the meantime, his next court appearance will be in Virginia Beach on July 8.

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