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A Lima man who is accused of murdering McKenzie Butler will now undergo a competency examination. 29-year-old Melvin Boothe is facing multiple charges, which include Aggravated Murder, Tampering with Evidence, Gross Abuse of a Corpse, and Possessing Criminal Tools.
29-year-old Melvin Boothe said no to pleading guilty to one count of murder for the death of McKenzie Butler in 2020. Instead, he will face all of his original charges, which include Aggravated Murder, Tampering with Evidence, Gross Abuse of a Corpse, and Possessing Criminal Tools. According to police, Boothe and Bulter were living together in an apartment on 8th street, when she was reported missing. After searching the home, they found muddy boots and receipts for shovels and a pick. Police searched nearby Martin Luther King Junior Park, where they found Butler’s body. Boothe’s trial is set for August 9th.
Melvin Boothe is facing a charge of murder. Lima police arrested him as a suspect in the death of 25-year-old McKenzie Butler, whose body was found buried in a wooded area at the south end of Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Thursday's motion hearing saw a request from the defense to eliminate an interview and 911 call of Boothe's wife, stating that at the time Boothe was not arrested or in custody.
2020 was already a difficult year. And for the City of Lima it was an unusual year when it comes to crime. Lima Police Department handled 12 homicides, up from the average 5 murders a year for the last few years. LPD has arrested at least one person in each case.
On Feb.4, Levels Lounge was the site of a violent triple murder. A gun fight left Terrell McGraw and Devontae Upshaw dead inside the bar and Timothy White was found dead on a nearby sidewalk. Deontray Forrest has been charged for two of the murders with criminal gang charges attached to them. The bar has since closed.
An Allen County Grand Jury has released their indictments from their August session. Some of these people are involved in recent crimes we’ve been keeping you up to date on.
Monday was the first court appearance for 28-year-old Melvin Boothe. He’s been charged with the murder of 25-year-old McKenzie Butler. The outcome of his preliminary hearing means his case will be transferred to Allen County Common Pleas Court. During the hearing, Det. Brian Snyder took the witness stand to reveal more details. It was June 13 a credible sources told police they thought Boothe may be responsible for a possible missing person. Boothe and Butler lived together at 350 E. Eighth St. Butler hadn’t been at work for weeks. May 26 was the first day she missed work.
Lima Police say they've identified the body found buried in a park on Saturday and the suspect in the case made his first court appearance. Detectives say the victim was 25-year-old McKenzie Butler. Her family has ties to the Detroit area, but she has been in Lima for a few months.