Man arrested in McPherson murder case has long rap sheet

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McPHERSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

McPherson police said Sunday they have taken a man into custody on murder charges after another man was found dead in a home Friday evening. 

A police statement said Travis Belt, 25, was captured around 12:20 a.m. He was booked for first-degree murder.

Belt has had several run-ins with the law dating back to 2011. Past convictions include several drug related incidents, as well as theft and weapons charges. 

The statement confirmed the victim was Steven Carlson, 58. It added Carlson was "specifically targeted," but no motive for the killing has been released.


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McPherson police say they're investigating the discovery of a man found dead in a home Friday evening as a homicide. 

Police say a man called 911 after finding his friend lying unresponsive on the floor at his house in the 500 block of Eshleman. That's near Eshleman and 1st Street in east McPherson. The entire block was taped off as a crime scene Saturday morning. 

KAKE News spoke to the victim's family. Dennis Carlson said police did inform him that his brother Steve Carlson, 58, was the person found dead in the home. 

The family says Carlson had only moved into the home in the last few months. 

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation working with the McPherson Police Department in this ongoing investigation. 

Officers believe the victim was specifically targeted and know to the suspect or suspects. Police say this was not a random incident and there is no increased danger to the public. 

Police said they did not have any suspects in custody in relation to the incident. The name of the victim was not released. No suspect information has been released. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the McPherson Police Department or McPherson County Crime Stoppers at (620) 241-1122. 

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