Real Name: Kelly Lee McGinnis
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: August 12, 1996
Details: On August 12, 1996, sixty-six-year-old city attorney Thomas Meyer of Greenville, Illinois was found shot to death in an alley. Although their were no witnesses to the shooting, Kelly Lee McGinnis became the prime suspect; the two had recently clashed in court. Meyer had represented McGinnis' wife in the custody battle that Kelly and his wife had over their children. Custody had been awarded to his ex-wife, but McGinnis had received visitation rights, although he did not accept the decision as final.
Just hours before the murder, McGinnis was back in the courtroom, still angry about being denied custody. Also, at around the time of the shooting, McGinnis was seen sitting in a minivan near the alley where Thomas was killed. Before McGinnis could be questioned, he vanished and some speculated that he had committed suicide.
However, since he vanished, he has apparently sent four threatening letters to different individuals from central Illinois. Two went to local newspapers and complained about the judicial process. Two others were sent to relatives, one about how he regrets the murder. The town of Greenville is now in fear; those involved in McGinnis's custody dispute are afraid that he will kill them as well. His ex-wife and children have since left town. His attorney is under protection of U.S. Marshals. Finally, the judge that ruled on the case has gone into hiding. Kelly McGinnis is wanted for first degree murder and is considered armed and dangerous. A $5000 reward is being offered in the case.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the September 13, 1996 episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
Results: Captured. On November 9, 1996, McGinnis opened fire in the office of his former attorney in Vandalia, Illinois, but nobody was injured. He was arrested as he left the building. McGinnis is now serving a sixty year prison sentence for Meyer's murder and an additional ten years for the shooting.
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