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PAROLE HEARING SET FOR MAN CONVICTED IN LAWRENCE KILLING

March 22, 1997

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A man convicted in a 1985 Lawrence murder is one of 15 state prison inmates whose requests for parole will be heard this month.

A Kansas City, Kan., man serving a 12-year sentence in the 1985 murder of a Kansas University professor is one of 15 state prison inmates being considered for parole in April.

Eugene Avis Jr. was convicted of second-degree murder in the strangulation death of George V. Hixson, a KU professor of design.

During the 1986 court proceedings, Avis' lawyer claimed Hixson made homosexual advances toward him after Hixson picked him up at the Union Mission in Kansas City, Mo. The attorney said Avis went to Hixson's condominium in Lawrence under the impression he was to do odd jobs.

Then-Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jim Flory said Avis choked, kicked, and put Hixson in a closet to die. Flory called the act "malicious."

Avis is currently incarcerated in the Wichita Work Release Facility.

The following is a list of other inmates convicted in area courts and whose requests for parole will be heard this month. It includes the county in which the crimes were committed, the crimes and the facility in which the inmates are incarcerated.

Dewayne Lamont Gooch, Leavenworth, burglary, aggravated robbery, robbery, El Dorado Correctional Facility.

Sylvester Henry, Leavenworth, aggravated battery, Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

Demetrius R. Hargrove, Leavenworth, aggravated battery, Ellsworth.

Sidney E. Hanson, Leavenworth and Logan, indecent liberties with a child, attempted trafficking of contraband in a correctional institute, Hutchinson Correctional Facility.

Raul H. Perez, Jefferson and Shawnee, aggravated burglary, attempted possession of opiates, Hutchinson.

Freddie Wilson, Leavenworth, theft, burglary, aggravated robbery, Hutchinson.

Bruce A. Cooper, Leavenworth and Wyandotte, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, arson, Lansing Correctional Facility.

Robert E. Davis, Douglas, aggravated robbery, rape, aggravated assault, Lansing.

James R. Spain, Leavenworth, Shawnee and Jackson, robbery, aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, aggravated kidnapping, Lansing.

Albert L. Wilson, Leavenworth and Sedgwick, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of firearms, voluntary manslaughter, first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, Lansing.

Theogan E. Garner, Leavenworth, manufacture, possession and distribution of opiates, Topeka Correctional Facility.

Edmond D. Cay, Douglas, Shawnee and Sedgwick, aggravated robbery; aggravated assault; theft; manufacture, possession and distribution of opiates; aggravated escape from custody, Wichita Work Release Facility.

Carlos L. Slaughter, Leavenworth, manufacture, possession and distribution of opiates, Wichita.

Aaron J. Holl, Douglas, cultivation, possession and distribution of narcotics, Winfield Correctional Facility.

The hearings will be held:

  • From 9 a.m. to noon Monday, City Hall, One McDowell Plaza, 701 N. Seventh, Kansas City Kan.
  • From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson, room 106A, Topeka.
  • From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Finney State Office Building, third floor, room 3080, 230 E. William, Wichita.

Anyone who would like to express comments on these inmates but cannot attend one of the public comment sessions can send a letter to: Kansas Parole Board, Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson, Room 452-South, Topeka 66612-1220.

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