A Topeka man convicted in Douglas County of participating in the murder of a 25-year-old woman is one of several inmates convicted in local courts who is eligible for parole in October, the Kansas Parole Board announced recently.
LV Luarks Jr., the man, was convicted in December 1981 of second-degree murder stemming from the August 1981 death of Terry L. Brown, Topeka. Luarks was sentenced to 15 years to life imprisonment.
Another Topekan, Gwyndolyn McNair, was found guilty of first-degree murder stemming from Brown's death. Officials testified during Luarks' and McNair's trials that the slaying was in retaliation for an alleged burglary of McNair's home.
Luarks' attorneys argued during his trial that McNair fired the shots that killed Brown.
Luarks is being held at the Lansing Correctional Facility.
The following is a list of other inmates eligible for parole in October, the county or counties where they were convicted, the offense of which they were convicted and their current location:
Robert E. Davis, Douglas, aggravated robbery, rape, aggravated assault, Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
Ralph W. Mayo, Douglas, aggravated battery, Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
Chad Beers, Douglas, aggravated robbery, Lansing Correctional Facility.
Richard Tyrrell, Douglas, forgery, Lansing Correctional Facility.
Jason E. Wilburn, Douglas, drug-related offense, Winfield Correctional Facility.
Robert D. Reisinger, Douglas, burglary, Wichita Work Release Facility.
Susan R. Walton, Douglas, theft, Topeka Correctional Facility.
Ricardo Hernandez, Douglas, attempted aggravated assault, Topeka Correctional Facility.
Later this month, the board will conduct comment sessions in which members of the public can tell the board whether they believe the inmate should be granted parole.
The schedule of public comment sessions is as follows:
10:30 a.m. Sept. 23 in Kansas City, Kan., in the Commissioner' Room, secon floor, Wyandotte County Courthouse, 710 N. Seventh St.
9:30 a.m. Sept. 24 in Topeka, in the auditorium of the Topeka Public Library, 1515 W. 10th.
10:30 a.m. Sept. 26 in Wichita, in the city council chambers, first floor, Municipal Building, 455 N. Main St.
Anyone who wishes to comment on a parole candidate but cannot attend a session may write to the Kansas Parole Board, Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson, Room 452-South, Topeka 66612-1220.