John David Balbirnie
Brandon Lee Ellsmore
OTTAWA, Kansas - Police in Ottawa say they have arrested two men in connection to the city’s first homicide of 2010.
Police responded around 9 p.m. Wednesday to a home the 200 block of South Locust Street.
After arriving, officers found a stabbing victim who had collapsed in a neighbor’s yard.
Authorities tried to revive the victim, who police believe was stabbed inside the nearby home, on the scene but were unsuccessful. Police identified him as 24-year-old Paul Duane Nicholson.
Arrested were 44-year-old John David Balbirnie and 23-year-old Brandon Lee Ellsmore, both of Ottawa.
Both were being held in the Franklin County Jail awaiting formal charges.