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EX-OFFICER MAKES COURT APPEARANCE

April 6, 1996

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A former Lawrence police officer charged with bigamy was photographed and fingerprinted Friday in the Douglas County Jail, then released.

"I don't have any concerns about him not showing up" for court, said Kansas Assistant Atty. Gen. Melanie Pfeifer, who is prosecuting the charge against Glen Hazelwood.

She did not request that a jail bond be set during his first appearance Friday in Douglas County District Court.

Hazelwood, 44, is accused of marrying a woman in Oklahoma and living with her here while still married to Wanda Hazelwood.

The 22-year police veteran retired from the department on Feb. 19 for medical reasons, police said.

The complaint against him alleges he married and then lived with Denise Michelle Stauffer in Douglas County from Nov. 21, 1994, to Jan. 14, 1996.

Lawrence police were the primary investigators in the case. Hazelwood was not arrested.

Police spokesman Susan Hadl said the case is similar to many of the department's other cases in which an arrest is not made.

"Some cases we simply turn over to the DA's office," she said.

The Douglas County District Attorney's office, in turn, handed Hazelwood's case over to the Kansas Attorney General's office, citing a conflict of interest.

The local DA's office works closely with police officers.

Hazelwood did not speak to Judge Jack Murphy during his first appearance, which took only a few minutes.

His attorney, Margie Wakefield, waived a formal reading of the complaint.

A preliminary hearing was set for 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

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