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Archive for Tuesday, May 23, 1995

TRIAL SET FOR MAY 12 SHOOTING

May 23, 1995

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A 20-year-old Lawrence man was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing Monday on charges stemming from a pair of incidents earlier this month, including one where gunshots were fired at a Lawrence motorist.

Michael E. Vick, 1908 E. 19th, will stand trial Aug. 23 on charges of attempted second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit arson, attempted arson, criminal discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, criminal damage to property and possession of a firearm where the serial number had been defaced.

The charges stem from incidents reported to police May 12. In one incident, a 25-year-old Lawrence man told police that several gunshots were fired into his car as he was driving near 25th and Louisiana. In the second, a bottle filled with gasoline was stuffed with a lighted wick and thrown at a parked vehicle in the 3300 block of Iowa.

Dan Dunbar, assistant Douglas County district attorney, said testimony presented during Vick's preliminary hearing indicated that he owned the gun that was used in the shooting and was driving the car when the shots were fired.

A second defendant in the case, Stephen J. Hurst, 16, 1908 E. 19th, remained in the Northeast Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center this morning awaiting a June 22 court hearing. At that hearing, a judge will decide whether Hurst should face trial as an adult on charges of attempted arson, attempted second-degree murder, illegal discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle and conspiracy to commit arson.

Prosecutors are asking that Hurst be tried as an adult due to the seriousness of the crimes, the violent and aggressive manner in which they were committed and because he would likely not remain within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court long enough to be rehabilitated by the available juvenile programs.

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