Crime

Overland Park police make arrest in double homicide

Donnell Cortez Preston
Donnell Cortez Preston

An 18-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man was arrested Monday for first-degree murder in a double homicide case that police have said is linked to a third homicide in the same block.

Donnell Cortez Preston was booked into the Johnson County jail about 4:30 p.m. on a murder warrant. Bond was set at $2 million.

Preston is accused in the shooting deaths June 30 of 18-year-old Velik L. Henderson of Overland Park and 19-year-old Trevon D. Anderson of Kansas City, Kan.

Police found Anderson in the street at 61st Terrace and Robinson Street. He died at a hospital. Police found Henderson inside his family’s home on a cul-de-sac in the 7800 block of West 61st Terrace. The area is just south of Shawnee Mission North High School.

Six days later, 36-year-old Quaushey L. Harris and her 11-year-old daughter were shot by someone firing a semi-automatic rifle into their duplex on the same block. Harris died at a hospital. Her daughter’s injuries were not life threatening.

Overland Park police say the two shooting incidents are connected but they have not said how.

A 5-year-old niece of Harris was wounded in a drive-by shooting early Saturday in Kansas City, Kan. Police have not said whether they think that incident is related to the previous two.

Overland Park police spokesman Gary Mason said no further information would be released Monday and referred inquiries to the Johnson County district attorney’s office.

Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez said investigators did not think the shooting of Anderson and Henderson was a random act. He said there was a connection between the victims and their shooter and that some sort of confrontation preceded the shooting.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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