A hearing on William Alan Rector's juvenile status is scheduled for Thursday morning.
A 17-year-old accused of stabbing three teen-agers was back in juvenile detention Thursday, after a Douglas County judge said the boy's move earlier in the week to the Douglas County Jail was "putting the cart before the horse."
William Alan Rector, 17, Lawrence, returned Thursday to the Northeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center in North Lawrence following Judge Michael Malone's ruling.
Malone's ruling came in response to a motion filed by Rector's attorney, Edward G. Collister Jr., who objected to Rector being moved Monday from the juvenile center to the jail.
Authorities moved Rector to the jail after prosecutors with the Douglas County District Attorney's office filed a motion seeking Rector's certification as an adult for his trial on attempted second-degree murder charges.
"My ruling is that he is a juvenile, and he should remain at the juvenile detention center now," Malone said.
The ruling doesn't clear the way for Rector to be tried as a juvenile. A hearing on the prosecutor's motion to try him as an adult will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Malone's courtroom at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. At the hearing, prosecutors will call witnesses to present evidence about the Sept. 7 stabbings at 203 Glenview.
Rector has been charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder and is being held without bond.
Three other juveniles and five adults have been charged in the fight and subsequent stabbings. Five separate trials have been scheduled for the adults, starting in late December; hearings for the juveniles have been postponed until January.
Collister's motion to postpone next week's hearing was denied by Malone Thursday.
Douglas County District Atty. Christine Kenney Tonkovich said Malone's order would have no effect on the hearing to change Rector's status from juvenile to adult. She declined comment on Malone's decision to return Rector to the juvenile detention center.
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