A 16-year-old Lawrence youth has been ordered to stand trial as an adult for his role in a one-night crime spree last May where gunshots were fired into a moving vehicle
Jud S. Hurst, 1908 E. 19th, was originally charged in juvenile court with attempted second-degree murder, criminal discharge of a firearm into a vehicle, attempted arson and conspiracy to commit arson. The ruling this week by District Judge Jack Murphy means that Hurst will be back in adult court Nov. 17 for arraignment on the felony charges.
If he pleads innocent during that hearing, a trial date will be set.
Earlier this week Hurst's co-defendant, Michael E. Vick, 21, Lawrence, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for his convictions on charges stemming from the same incidents.
Vick, who witnesses testified was driving the car from which the gunshots were fired, was convicted of attempted second-degree murder, criminal damage to property, criminal discharge of a firearm, conspiracy to commit arson and attempted arson.
Authorities allege that early May 12 Hurst fired several shots into a car a 25-year-old Lawrence man was driving near 25th and Louisiana. The driver, though cut by flying glass, was not struck by any of the bullets. Two bullets were found in the car's headrest, just inches from the driver's head.
In a second incident that same night, a molotov cocktail was thrown at an unoccupied vehicle that was parked in the 3300 block of Iowa. The gasoline-filled bottle bounced off the car and hit the ground before it broke and burst into flames.