Archive for Monday, October 2, 1995

OTTAWA SHOOTING SUSPECT SURRENDERS

October 2, 1995

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A teen wanted in connection with the killing of a 14-year-old Ottawa girl turned himself in to Shawnee County authorities on Sunday night.

Nathan Lee Earwood, 16, walked into the building that houses the Shawnee County Jail in Topeka and turned himself in, a jail spokesman said.

"He just came in with his father and said he wanted to turn himself in," said the jail official, who declined to give his name.

A warrant for Earwood's arrest on counts of first-degree murder, attempted aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and felony possession of a firearm was issued by Franklin County authorities late last week.

The warrant was issued in connection with the Sept. 23 shooting death of Stephanie Perez in Ottawa.

A Franklin County Dispatcher confirmed that the teen had turned himself in.

Authorities in Ottawa, who had been seeking the public's help in locating Earwood, were pleased, the dispatcher said.

"They all sounded pretty happy when I told them."

Earwood was to be held overnight in the Shawnee County Jail until officials could decide whether he would be moved to a juvenile facility.

As of about 8 p.m. Sunday, Shawnee County Authorities hadn't received the warrant from Franklin County officials.

"I would assume that they would turn him over to Franklin County," the jail official said. There is a possibility that Earwood could be housed in the Northeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Facility in Lawrence.

Earwood was being held on a probation violation in Shawnee County. The jail official said he did not know details of the probation violation.

Earwood makes the ninth teen who has been detained in the shooting, which occurred at a southwest Ottawa apartment where Stephanie was living.

Authorities said Earwood and other teens went to the apartment to start a fight with Stephanie's brothers, who they considered rival gang members.

Ottawa Police Chief Jeff Herrman said he believed the Franklin County attorney's office would prosecute Earwood as an adult, if possible.

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