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Archive for Saturday, August 31, 1991

HEARING SET IN LOCAL BEATING DEATH

August 31, 1991

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The preliminary hearing for a man charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of a Lawrence man has been scheduled for Oct. 9 in Douglas County District Court.

Kenneth Lee Morris, 28, a transient, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the beating death of 40-year-old Danny Davis.

Davis was found semiconscious Aug. 8 after apparently being beaten with a golf club at the residence at 619 Ill. where he was staying. Davis died Aug. 13 at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., from injuries he suffered in the beating.

The preliminary hearing date was set Friday after District Judge Mike Malone and attorneys in the case agreed that the number of potential witnesses at the hearing would require a hearing of at least one day.

During an investigation that lasted almost two weeks, Lawrence officers began looking for Morris to question him about the homicide. The local officers had contacted Phoenix police, because they believed Morris might be headed there.

Morris was arrested Aug. 16 in Phoenix on burglary charges. Two Lawrence detectives flew to Phoenix that night and gained enough information to obtain a warrant for Morris' arrest on the murder charges.

Morris waived extradition and returned with the two Lawrence detectives Aug. 21. He was charged with first-degree murder in Douglas County District Court on Aug. 22.

Topeka authorities also have identified Morris as a key suspect in the death of another Lawrence man who was found dead Aug. 8 in a south Topeka hotel. Autopsy reports indicate that Randy L. Wieneke, 37, died from a sharp blow to the head.

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