TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Court records reveal new details on last September’s murder of a man found under the Polk-Quincy viaduct.
13 NEWS has requested an arrest warrant for Cody Degand. He was released to 13 NEWS on Friday. Some information has been redacted, including addresses and names of some witnesses.
According to the affidavit, police found the body of John Grubb Jr. when a man came to the Law Enforcement Center on the morning of Sept. 30, 2022, reporting seeing blood in the parking lot at SE 2nd and Quincy.
A friend of Grubb’s later contacted police, saying they had gone to an ATM together the night before Grubb was found dead. The friend said he last saw Grubb riding his bicycle with a towed cart attached south on the Kansas Ave bridge.
The affidavit says the information helped police obtain surveillance video from various homes and businesses showing Grubb meeting another man riding a bicycle. According to the document, both bikes were seen veering off the road under the viaduct, where Grubb appears to have been tackled by his bike and attacked with some type of object.
The affidavit said detectives used video showing the suspect, his clothes and his bicycle to identify Degand.
Degand is charged with first-degree premeditated murder. He was indicted following a preliminary hearing on Feb. 3. A hearing on the record is set for March 30, where a trial date could be set.