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June 29th, 2010 - MO Supreme Court Affirmed the Original Trial Courts Gulity Verdicts.

Feb. 2nd, 2010 - Just got an e-mail from the Jackson County Missouri's Prosecutors Office today and after the Missouri Western District Appeals Court refused to rehear their over turning of the Guilty Verdict in the Murder Trial for Kellen McKinney who killed John and Mildred Caylor, the Missouri State Supreme Court has agreed to accept the transfer of the case.  It will likely not be argued until sometime in May, but at least this is a bit of good news.

The best thing that could happen is that the original guilty verdict will be upheld and some new law could be established by this new hearing, that would allow the prosecutors the right to combine trials, when the charges are related.  There were already precedent's in place for this to happen, but the laws were still not clear to the panel of 3 judges on the MO Western District Appeals Court that made the original decision to overturn the first guilty verdicts.

We are ready to accept what ever the courts decide, but would prefer not to go through another court trial.

God will be the ultimate Judge in the end and we are all only going to be on Earth for a short amount of time.  So let's Enjoy every bit of it while we can.

Thanks to all for the continued support.


October 27th, 2009 - We got some really disheartening news today.  We are still getting the details as to why and if it will be appealed to the MO Supreme Court or if it will just be another trial.

Appeals court throws out convictions in slayings of Raytown couple.





July 18, 2008 - KMBC Memorial Dedication Ceremony Article - KMBC Memorial Dedication Ceremony Video

Raytown Post Memorial Dedication Story and Pictures

Rick Caylor: My Personal Statement to the Court on Sentencing Day

Man Sentenced In Bible Store Slayings
McKinney To Serve 4 Consecutive Life Sentences

Man Sentenced To Life For Killing Raytown Couple

Killer in Bible Store Murders Sentenced to Life

McKinney sentenced to life for Bible Store Murders

Raytown Post: Family responds to Caylor murder verdict

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  • October 20, 2004: Bodies Found In Raytown Bible
  • October 21, 2004: Major Case Squad To Investigate Bible Store Homicides
  • October 25, 2004: Police Ask For Public's Help In Bible-Store Murders
  • October 26, 2004: Investigation Continues In Bible Store Deaths
  • October 27, 2004: Bible Store Killings Turned Over To Raytown Police
  • October 29, 2004: Funeral Services Held For Bible-Store Couple
  • November 4, 2004: DNA Evidence Leads To Arrest In Bible Store Killings
  • November 18, 2004: Caylor Family Fears Murderer Still On Loose

  • Major Case Squad Investigating Homicides

    Oct. 21, 2004
    By KCTV 5, Kansas City, MO

    RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Fourteen detectives with the Kansas City Metropolitan Major Case Squad on Thursday were investigating a double murder at a religious book store in Raytown.

    The victims were John and Mildred Caylor, the owners of Caylor's Raytown Bible & Music at 10115 E. 63rd St.

    John Caylor, 79, and his wife Mildred, 76, also lived at the bookstore.

    At about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a customer went to the store and found the door locked. He looked in a window and saw what appeared to be a body. He called 911. Police arrived, broke down a door and found their bodies inside.

    Investigators believed they were killed during a robbery attempt, KCTV5's Matt Stewart reported live on "KCTV5 News at 5 p.m." Nothing appeared to have been taken from the store.

    Though investigators hadn't yet released the exact causes of their deaths, a source said they were brutal murders, he reported.

    Police were questioning area homeless people as a matter of routine, but they feared the killer had already left town, Matt said.

    Family and friends, left wondering who would kill the elderly Christian couple, planned to gather at the bookstore for a vigil Thursday evening.

    "They welcomed anyone into the store. Anybody could come in and they would be friendly to them, take them in," said Jean Sullivan.

    Sullivan knew them well. They preached together on the radio, and she said they opened their hearts and lives to those in search of a higher meaning.

    She said, "Mildred would sing and play keyboard, and John would preach, and they were truly a team, not only just in the ministry but in life."

    Police Ask For Public's Help In Bible-Store Murders

    POSTED: 9:25 am CDT October 25, 2004 UPDATED: 6:40 pm CDT October 25, 2004
    By KCTV 5, Kansas City, MO

    RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Police are asking for the public's help in solving the murder of a Raytown couple.

    John and Mildred Caylor were found dead inside their Bible store in broad daylight Wednesday.

    Police think their deaths were the result of a robbery gone bad.

    "I don't understand why anybody could do something like this to a 79-, 76-year-old couple, who have, over the years in this community, tried to give so much to so many people," the couple's son, Rick Caylor, said.

    Police think there were several other people in the store the day of the murders.

    Officers want to talk to those people. The number to call is (816) 737-6123.

    The Caylor Family has now set up a reward fund to be administered through the Tips Hotline.

    Checks can be sent to:

    Caylor Reward Fund
    Bank of America
    10017 East 63rd Street
    Raytown, MO 64133


    Investigation Continues In Bible Store Deaths

    UPDATED: 1:13 pm CDT October 26, 2004
    By KCTV 5, Kansas City, MO

    RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Funeral arrangements have been made for Friday for a Raytown couple who were killed at their Bible shop.

    John Caylor and his wife, Mildred, were found dead last week in the store. When police arrived, they said they found the cash register open and empty, but a nearby donation jar untouched.

    Caylor's son said they don't think the couple would have tried to fight off a robber.

    Police think other customers in the store that day might have seen something that could help them with the case. They ask that people with information contact the metro squad at (816) 737-6123.


    Bible Store Killings Turned Over To Raytown Police

    Metro Squad Disbanded

    UPDATED: 12:16 pm CDT October 27, 2004
    By KCTV 5, Kansas City, MO

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Raytown Police Department has had to take over the investigation into the elderly couple killed inside of their Bible store, because the Metro Squad has been disbanded.

    Kansas City Detective Tom Pruden spent the last six days on the Metro Squad investigating the death of John and Mildred Caylor. He said police turned up 115 leads and no suspects, and that there's still a lot of work to do.

    "It's not a dead end. There's still a lot of work to be done that Raytown's going to take over and do. As far as the lab work, when it comes back, there's still a lot of work to be done with that," Pruden said.

    Pruden asked that anyone with information on the killings to call the Tips Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8477).


    Funeral Services Held For Bible-Store Couple

    POSTED: 10:51 am CDT October 29, 2004
    By KCTV 5, Kansas City, MO

    RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Funeral services were planned Friday for a murdered Raytown couple.

    The bodies of John and Mildred Caylor were found inside of their Bible store last week.

    On Wednesday, Raytown police stopped drivers, hoping to find someone who may have seen something the day the Caylors were killed.

    Authorities said they have several leads in the case.


    Mourners Say Farewell to Raytown Couple

    Oct. 29, 2004
    By KCTV 5, Kansas City, MO

    RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Family and friends said their final farewells Friday to a husband and wife murdered in their Christian bookstore.

    Mourners filled the First Baptist Church in Raytown Friday morning to say good-bye to John and Mildred Caylor.

    The couple was killed during a robbery attempt in their Raytown store. Police said they were still searching for the killer.

    DNA Evidence Leads To Arrest In Bible Store Killings

    Investigators Say Caylors Killed During Botched Robbery

    POSTED: 2:18 pm CST November 4, 2004 UPDATED: 6:28 pm CST November 4, 2004
    By KCTV 5, Kansas City, MO

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jackson County prosecutors charged a Kansas City, Kan., man in a double murder at a Raytown Bible bookstore last month.

    Kellen C. McKinney (pictured, left), 27, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action in the deaths of John Caylor, 79, and his wife, Mildred, 76.

    A customer who had gone to the Caylor's Bible and Book Store Oct. 20 noticed the door to the business was locked and looked through a window and saw a body on the floor.

    Police forced their way in and found the Caylors dead. Investigators said that it appears the couple were killed during a botched robbery.

    Investigators said detectives found a bag near the cash register with a bloodstain on it. Crime lab analysts said the genetic profile matched that of McKinney, who had at one time been in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections.

    KMBC reported that McKinney was arrested when he showed up for work Thursday. He is being held without bond.

    Police said that there could be other suspects. The investigation continues.


    Police Make Arrest in Raytown Murders

    Nov. 4, 2004
    By KCTV 5, Kansas City, MO

    RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Police made an arrest Thursday in the murder of a couple who owned a Christian bookstore.

    KCTV5's Sandra Olivas reported live on "KCTV5 News at 4 p.m." that a few minutes earlier the Raytown police chief announced that they had arrested 27-year-old Kellen McKinney, a suspect in the murders of John and Mildred Caylor.

    The Metro Squad was called to investigate the brutal murders after the couple was stabbed to death in their bible store on Oct. 20.

    Investigators had very few leads to go on and no witnesses at all, but late Wednesday, the crime lab came back with a big break in the case -- a DNA match, police said. Blood found at the scene on a bag came back to McKinney, according to authorities.

    Police arrested McKinney at the Gates Bar-B-Q restaurant at Main and Linwood in Kansas City. The manager there didn't want to talk to KCTV5 News on camera but said McKinney had only been working there for two weeks, KCTV5's Sharita Hutton reported live on "KCTV5 News at 5 p.m."

    Sharita was there when police raided McKinney's home.

    She said Raytown and Kansas City, Kansas police officers executed a search warrant and gathered bags and bags of evidence. They even searched dumpsters at the Shalom House, a hospitality residence where McKinney was staying.

    McKinney was said to have been convicted in 1994 of both aggravated burglary and robbery in Montgomery County, Kan., and he was released from jail in November 2004, Sharita reported.

    The Raytown police chief said McKinney might not be the only suspect.

    "The crime lab is still examining evidence," said Chief Jim Lynch, of the Raytown Police Department. "We're not assuming Kellen McKinney is the only suspect. The Raytown police detective unit is still pursuing leads in this case, and we ask that anyone with information about the case to contact the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS."

    Caylor Family Fears Murderer Still On Loose

    McKinney Arrested, Charged In Caylors' Deaths

    POSTED: 12:42 pm CST November 18, 2004 UPDATED: 1:12 pm CST November 18, 2004
    By KCTV 5, Kansas City, MO

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Members of the Caylor family fear that another murderer may be loose on the streets.

    Rick Caylor said he is convinced that his parents were killed by more than one man. Raytown police will not say if the man they have in custody is the only suspect in the case, KMBC's Jim Flink reported.

    Kellen C. McKinney (pictured, left), 27, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action in the deaths of John Caylor, 79, and his wife, Mildred, 76, at their Raytown Bible book store on Oct. 20.

    "I don't know what it is. I can't make sense of it," Rick Caylor said.

    Flink said that Caylor has played his parents' murder over and over in his head.

    "I feel there were other people involved. I don't know that. That's just my gut feeling," Caylor said. "I just don't understand why he would confront them in the back of the store if he came to rob them. Why wouldn't he just go to the front of the store and get the money out of the cash box?"

    Flink said that the cash box didn't have much and more money was in plain sight.

    "There was probably $20 more in loose bills on top of the counter ... in plain sight of the cash register," Caylor said.

    It is frustrating to family members that no one saw the brutality of what happened that October day.

    But Caylor said he believes in the power of truth and has faith that money motivates -- that somone who knows what happened will want the reward money and will go to police.

    Flink said $6,700 in reward money is available in the case. Information can be phone in anonymously to the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.


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