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Archive for Thursday, October 31, 1996

TRIAL NEXT FOR KU DUO IN ROBBERY OF SONIC

October 31, 1996

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A Douglas County district judge decided on Wednesday that there is enough evidence for two Kansas University students to stand trial for the August robbery of a Lawrence restaurant.

Judge Michael Malone is expected to officially order today that they stand trial, once amended charges are filed with the court.

Michael Allen Horner, 19, and Daniel Kilpatrick, 19, are scheduled to face an arraignment today on three counts of kidnapping, as well as charges of aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

They are expected to enter not guilty pleas.

Two of the three kidnapping charges were added after a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Assistant Dist. Atty. Jerry Little said. The additional charges stem from evidence that Horner and Kilpatrick locked at least two people in a walk-in cooler at Sonic Drive In Restaurant, 3201 W. Sixth.

An amended complaint against Horner and Kilpatrick will be filed in court today, Little added.

Horner and Kilpatrick allegedly escaped with more than $7,000 cash after locking employees and a customer in the cooler for 20 minutes, and keeping the restaurant's manager on the floor at gunpoint. The robbery occurred shortly after midnight.

Little said the conspiracy to commit robbery charges were filed because the robbery was apparently a calculated act.

"They basically planned it for a week or two," Little said.

Horner and Kilpatrick were being held in Douglas County Jail on $25,000 bond.

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