Kelly McGinnis, Who Killed Greenville City Attorney, Dies In Prison


The man who killed Greenville attorney Thomas Meyer on August 12, 1996, has died.

The Illinois Department of Corrections confirms that Kelly McGinness died Monday at the Lawrence Correctional Center in Sumner. He was 61 years of age.

The department is investigating the circumstances of McGinnis’ death and had no further comment.

McGinnis was the subject of an intense manhunt for 86 days following the shooting of Attorney Meyer. He was eventually captured in Vandalia after appearing at the office of his attorney, Larry LaFevre.

Meyer was the attorney for McGinnis’ ex-wife at the time and McGinnis was unhappy with the child custody rulings.

McGinnis pled guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 60 years in prison. He was also given 10 years in prison for the Fayette County charge of armed violence, which occurred at the Vandalia attorney’s office.

John King was Greenville Chief of Police when the murder occurred over 21 years ago. He was a good friend of Attorney Meyer and told WGEL he had just returned to his home on the day of the murder. He heard a police radio call about a shooting near what is now the Kaskaskia College Greenville Education Center and headed to the scene. Upon arrival, a police officer informed him that it was City Attorney Meyer. King said he didn’t believe it at first.

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While McGinnis was a fugitive after the shooting, the entire area was in fear knowing there was a killer on the loose. King said it became a national manhunt.

McGinnis was spotted in multiple places as far as Kentucky and Indiana. The TV show “Unsolved Mysteries” also ran a story on the investigation.

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King was asked his reaction to McGinnis’ death. He said knowing he is dead brings a sense of closure, as there won’t be any more protests or petitions in the case.

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McGinnis’ projected parole was November of 2031.

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