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Archive for Friday, December 4, 1992

WOMAN FACES BATTERY CHARGES

December 4, 1992

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A Lawrence woman who was arrested after she allegedly struck several anti-homosexual protesters with her pickup in Topeka has been charged with seven counts of battery stemming from the incident.

Lisa McGraw, 28, is scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Shawnee County District Court on the misdemeanor charges, which were filed Wednesday by Shawnee County prosecutors.

Prosecutors allege that McGraw struck the protesters Nov. 6 outside Washburn University during a demonstration led by the Rev. Fred Phelps, Topeka, who is an outspoken critic of homosexuals.

McGraw, a Kansas University library assistant, told Topeka police that her intent was to hit signs the protesters had stuck in the ground. McGraw filed a counter-claim with Topeka police alleging the picketers damaged her truck with their signs.

A spokeswoman in the Shawnee County district attorney's office said police had not given prosecutors that report. Therefore, no charges have been filed on McGraw's claim.

Authorities said that after the incident, McGraw parked two blocks away and waited for police to arrest her.

Prosecutors said there was no evidence to show McGraw tried to use her pickup as a deadly weapon. Reportedly, the incident was a minor touch.

No one was seriously injured, and all seven victims refused medical treatment at the scene.

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