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Archive for Tuesday, February 1, 1994

CARJACKING TRIAL POSTPONED

February 1, 1994

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A trial scheduled to begin Wednesday for a Topeka teen-ager accused of killing a man in a botched carjacking attempt has been postponed.

Douglas County District Judge James W. Paddock this morning rescheduled the trial of Abraham Orr, 18, for March 16 after Orr's attorney, Randy McGrath, became ill with the flu.

Orr is charged with felony murder and attempted aggravated robbery in the Sept. 18 shooting death of Edward Lees, 29, Lawrence.

Prosecutors allege Orr shot and killed Lees at the entrance of Riverfront Park after Lees refused to give up the vehicle he was driving.

Orr and three other Topeka teens, who all were 17 at the time, were detained after the shooting.

Orr was the only person to be charged as an adult. Two others, James Wadley and Courtney Crockett, were named on juvenile complaints alleging the same offenses as Orr. The other youth, Adrian Perkins, was never charged.

Last week, a jury ruled that Wadley committed attempted aggravated robbery but not felony murder for his part in the incident. A disposition hearing, which is the juvenile equivalent of sentencing for adults, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 22 for Wadley.

A formal hearing -- the juvenile version of an adult trial -- is scheduled to begin Feb. 15 for Crockett.

Prosecutors allege that Orr, Wadley and Crockett tried to carjack the Isuzu Trooper being driven by Lees after their car broke down on the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence. Witnesses in Wadley's formal hearing last week testified that Orr was accompanied by Crockett, who was armed with a pistol that Wadley had given him, when the shooting occurred.

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