Overdose case turns into murder investigation in southeast Kansas

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PARSONS, Kan. – Police arrest a man on suspicion of second degree murder, after an autopsy comes back indicating foul play in the death of a Coffeyville, Kansas woman.

On Feb. 15, 2020, around 1:42 p.m., Parsons Police Department officers responded to the Canterbury Inn, 400 Main, for a report of a possible overdose. A 62-year-old Coffeyville man staying in the room with the victim was the one who called 911.

Officers got there and started CPR on an unresponsive woman, identified as 50-year-old Nina Lee. They continued until Labette County EMS arrived and took over life-saving efforts. EMS was unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Monday, Feb. 17, Police Detectives were given the initial autopsy report on Lee, which indicated that there was foul play.

Parsons detectives later arrested the 62-year-old man, who was staying with Lee in the Canterbury Inn, for suspicion of 2nd degree murder.

According to the Parsons Police Department, the two were staying at the Inn after being involved in a one-vehicle crash in Labette County, which was investigated by the Sheriff’s Office.

“The individuals involved have no known ties to the Parsons Community, and residents should not feel like it was a part of a bigger criminal element,” according to Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks. “We are looking forward to working with the County Prosecutor for a successful conviction.”

The Police Department says this continues to be an ongoing investigation and encourages residents to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.