Crime & Courts

Couple in triple homicide faced drug, other charges

Police investigate a triple homicide on North Spring Lake Road about 5 miles west of Hesston on Monday morning. (Oct. 31, 2016)
Police investigate a triple homicide on North Spring Lake Road about 5 miles west of Hesston on Monday morning. (Oct. 31, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

Investigators “are making progress” in a continuing investigation of a triple homicide in rural Harvey County, Sheriff T. Walton said Tuesday night.

“Right now our priorities are to work the crime scene and work the leads,” Walton said while visiting the scene where three bodies were found Sunday. “And we are making progress.”

Harvey County Attorney David Yoder, who accompanied Walton on Tuesday night, added, “I would agree.”

Asked whether there could be an arrest and charges soon, Yoder said, “We’re hopeful.”

Walton’s office on Tuesday identified the three victims as Travis Street, 33; Angela Graevs, 37; and Richard Prouty, 52. All three were found outside the rural Harvey County farmhouse – south of Moundridge and west of Hesston – that Street and Graevs rented. Prouty lived in Newton, officials said.

Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton gives a news conference about the rural Harvey County, Kansas, triple homicide that occurred on Sunday. (Oct. 31, 2016) (Video by Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle)

After discovering the bodies Sunday at about 5:30 p.m., deputies found the couple’s 18-month-old son crying and screaming inside the house. He was not harmed and is now with family members, officials said.

Yoder said the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is almost finished collecting evidence. He said that he and his chief deputy prosecutor, Jason Lane, came out to the house to familiarize themselves with the crime scene and be briefed on what investigators have found so far.

The road to the farmhouse remained closed Tuesday and was lined with law enforcement vehicles. Investigators have been there since Sunday night.

Drug charges

Court records show Street and Graevs were facing identical drug and aggravated child endangerment charges.

In April, Harvey County prosecutors filed eight separate charges against each of them. The charges say the alleged crimes occurred around June 17, 2015.

The charges: four counts of distribution or possession of methamphetamine, hydrocodone, oxycodone or hydromorphone; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, including a “digital scale and/or ledger”; one count of marijuana possession; and one count of aggravated child endangerment of a child born in 2015 and identified only by initials in the criminal complaint.

The endangerment charge says that Street and Graevs knowingly put the child in an environment where meth was being distributed or made.

In a June 2016 affidavit in which she was seeking a court-appointed attorney, Graevs said she had two sons – one 11, the other 1.

In the court document this past summer, she gave the Spring Lake Road address where deputies found her body Sunday evening. She said in the affidavit that she worked for a Moundridge trucking business.

She was facing arraignment on Nov. 16; Street was facing a preliminary hearing on Nov. 17.

Street was a registered drug offender with drug, theft and burglary convictions in Harvey and McPherson counties, records show.

His address in the drug offender registry is 8603 N. Spring Lake Road, in northwestern Harvey County. Street went on the registry in January 2013.

Walton said Monday that investigators think the victims may have been targeted and that the killings were not random.

The owner of the property told The Eagle on Monday that he had been in the process of evicting Street and Graevs. He said he had last been to the property on Oct. 16 and noticed video cameras inside and outside the house, monitors attached to the cameras and a police scanner.

A motorist reported the killings at around 5:30 p.m. Sunday after she was waved down by another person who told her there were two bodies in front of the house, Walton said. Deputies found the third victim outside the house.

Contributing: Amy Renee Leiker of The Eagle.