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RECTOR WILL BE TRIED AS AN ADULT

November 26, 1997

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Nine suspects have been charged in connection with the Sept. 7 fight that left three teen-agers in the hospital with stab wounds.

A 17-year-old suspect in a Sept. 7 stabbing will be tried as an adult in the case, a district court judge ruled Tuesday.

William Alan Rector, Lawrence, who turns 18 in a month, has been charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder. Prosecutors have filed an amended complaint that would allow a jury to return a guilty charge of three counts of aggravated battery instead of the attempted murder charges.

Rector is charged with stabbing Scott Brown, 17, Brandon Masquas, 16, and Dan Weber, 16. All three had multiple stab wounds on their backs, and Weber walks with a limp because his spine was damaged.

They were stabbed Sept. 7 in what police and prosecutors have said is a gang-related fight at 203 Glenview. They were treated and released at area hospitals.

Prosecutors with the Douglas County district attorney's office filed a motion to try Rector as an adult.

District Judge Michael Malone heard testimony from police, the three victims and a 16-year-old who lives at the house where the fight took place. Rector's attorney, Edward G. Collister Jr., called Rector's parents to testify on his behalf.

After Tuesday's hearing, Rector was handcuffed and taken to the Douglas County Jail, where he is being held on $50,000 bond. Rector had been at the Northeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center in North Lawrence.

A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1 to set a trial date in the case. Five adults will have trials on four counts of aiding and abetting aggravated battery in connection with the fight and stabbings. Hearings for three other juveniles have been scheduled starting in January.

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

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