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Suspect arrested in 2015 fatal shooting of Topeka 5-year-old

December 19, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka police say they have arrested a 21-year-old suspect in a 2015 drive-by shooting that killed a 5-year-old girl.

The victim, Lily Mai Coats-Nichols, was in the back seat of a car in Topeka in July 2015 when shots were fired and a bullet hit her in the head.

Topeka police Lt. Colleen Stuart says the suspect was booked into the Shawnee County Jail Tuesday facing possible charges of first-degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm.

At the time of the shooting, police said they had few leads, with only a vague description of a white car seen on the street around the time of the shooting.

Police did not say what led to Tuesday’s arrest.

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