Two women arrested in murder of 74-year-old Dumas man


Last Updated on April 8, 2016 – 9:12 PM CDT

Above: Jessica Shepherd, left, and Cassandra Amole were arrested in Greensburg, Kansas, on Friday and charged with the murder of 74-year-old James Muir of Dumas.

By Steve Ramos

Two women are being held by Kansas authorities after they were arrested Friday for the murder of a 74-year-old Dumas man.

The Moore County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release Monday they received a phone call from someone in Illinois at about 8 a.m. Friday, alerting them to a possible homicide. At about 8:20 a.m., a sheriff’s department investigator found the body of James Muir, 74, in a home in the 800 block of North Dumas Avenue.

During a traffic stop in Greensburg, Kansas, early Friday, Kiowa County sheriff’s deputies uncovered information about the homicide and arrested Cassandra Amole, 32, and Jessica Shepherd, 29. A joint investigation was conducted by the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Moore County’s Sheriff’s Office. Greensburg is in south central Kansas and has a population of about 785 people.

Officials at the Kiowa County Jail said bond was set at $500,000 each for Amole and Shepherd, but they can’t bond out until they’re returned to Moore County. Shepherd also was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Amole was arrested for no driver’s license, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The official said he didn’t know if the Kansas charges would have to be resolved before the women are extradited to Moore County.

The Moore County Sheriff’s Department did not release information about the cause of Muir’s death or a motive.

According to Dumas Police Chief Nelson, the last homicide that occurred within the city limits was 2009. Chief Deputy Carmen Napp said the last murder in the county’s jurisdiction occurred in 2014. Jose Martinez Hurtado pleaded guilty to assault causing seriously bodily injury in that case.