Topeka man pleads guilty to killing man, woman in December

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty in the shooting deaths of a man and woman at a Topeka apartment.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Nicholas Storm Phillips, of Topeka, admitted Tuesday to two counts of reckless second-degree murder. Prosecutors said he fired multiple shots through an apartment door in December, killing 20-year-old Daquhan S. Jackson and 29-year-old Mary E. Thomas, both of Topeka.

Phillips told a detective he was upset because the victims were stealing his clothes, which had been thrown into a grassy area after he fought with a girlfriend.

Phillips also pleaded guilty to one felony count of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling. Two alternative counts of felony first-degree murder were dismissed.

Phillips will be sentenced May 6.



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