Archive for Tuesday, May 25, 1993

MAN FOUND GUILTY IN ABDUCTION CASE

May 25, 1993

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A 23-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man was found guilty Monday evening of five felony charges stemming from the abduction and attempted rape of a 36-year-old Douglas County woman.

Jurors in the weeklong trial of Ronald O. Edwards returned guilty verdicts on counts of aggravated kidnapping, attempted aggravated criminal sodomy, attempted rape, burglary and theft.

Prosecutors alleged that Edwards and Robert O. Taylor, 23, Kansas City, Mo., were burglarizing the victim's home during the afternoon of Jan. 28 when she returned from work and surprised them.

The two were accused of taking the woman into the house and attacking her.

Taylor pleaded guilty May 3 to felony counts of attempted kidnapping, burglary and theft. Sentencing in Taylor's case is scheduled for June 10.

Jurors in Edwards' trial, which began May 17, deliberated for about 11 hours over two days before returning their verdict.

The trial nearly ended Friday, when jurors returned guilty verdicts about 11 p.m. But when jurors were individually asked to confirm their verdicts, one man told the court he had reservations.

Deliberations resumed. After recessing for the weekend, the jury reassembled at 5 p.m. Monday.

Sentencing for Edwards is scheduled for July 7.

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