Archive for Wednesday, December 3, 1997

ALL BUT ONE OF STABBING SUSPECTS RELEASED

December 3, 1997

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William Alan Rector, charged with stabbing three teen-agers during a gang-related fight, has been released from the Douglas County Jail.

All but one of six adult suspects in the Sept. 7 stabbing of three Lawrence youths have been released from custody after posting bonds.

Richard Francis Jarrett Jr., 23, is being held in the Wabaunsee County Jail because of lack of space at the Douglas County Jail. Douglas County has a contract with Wabaunsee County.

William Alan Rector, 17, was released before Thanksgiving after posting a $50,000 bond. By posting the bond, Rector promises to appear in court for his trial, which begins on Feb. 2. Rector will be tried as an adult in the case.

Rector has been charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder, or three counts of aggravated battery in the alternative. The alternative counts allow a jury to return a verdict on the lesser charges.

Jarrett and four other adults have been charged with four counts of aiding and abetting aggravated battery. They are Michael Scott Blanck, 18, Jason Robert Freeman, 18, James Donald Vick, 18, and Skyland John Love, 18. All but Jarrett have posted bond or been released on their own recognizance.

Rector was released one day after District Judge Michael Malone ordered him to stand trial as an adult.

Separate trials for each of the adult suspects are scheduled to begin later this month. Hearings for three juveniles also charged in connection with the fight at 203 Glenview have been postponed until next year.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is koger@ljworld.com.

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