Archive for Tuesday, April 25, 1995

2 TESTIFY IN HOUSE SHOOTING HEARING

April 25, 1995

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A Lawrence woman this morning implicated five defendants charged in Douglas County District Court in the March 11 shooting of a southwest Lawrence home.

Tracy Cook, 19, the girlfriend of one of the defendants -- Jonathan O. Hagans Jr., 18, Topeka -- said Hagans told her that he and co-defendants Curtis R. Smith, Deedric O. Hagans, Carlos M. Fonseca and Diana W. Micco all participated in the incident at 2520 Morningside Ct.

According to Cook, Jonathan Hagans said that he, Fonseca, Deedric Hagans and Smith rode to the house in Micco's car. Smith and Deedric Hagans reportedly shot the residence while Fonseca shot the car.

Cook said Jonathan Hagans never told her he witnessed the shooting.

"He was in the car with Micco," Cook said.

Smith, 18, Lawrence, Deedric O. Hagans, 17, Topeka, and Fonseca, 17, Lawrence, are charged with two counts of aggravated assault. Jonathan Hagans -- who is Deedric Hagans' brother -- and Micco are charged with two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated assault.

Police said more than 18 spent rounds were collected after the shooting. The house and a car parked in the driveway were damaged. Two men who were inside the residence escaped injury.

Cook's testimony reinforced a written statement given to police by Lona Roberts, 19, Lawrence.

However, in testimony this morning, Roberts denied ever giving investigators specific names of the people who shot at the house.

"He (Fonseca) told me they got there, and he shot the car and they shot the house," Roberts said, adding it was only her assumption that Fonseca was referring to Deedric Hagans and Smith.

Roberts said she included the names in her written statement only to stop the police from harassing her.

Roberts also testified this morning that she saw Fonseca and Deedric Hagans carrying handguns in the early-morning hours of March 11.

Cook and Roberts testified that they thought the shooting was the result of a fight earlier that morning outside Los Amigos, 508 Locust, in which Smith was beaten by a man who lived at the Morningside Court residence.

Testimony in the preliminary hearing was expected to continue this afternoon.

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