Archive for Thursday, September 23, 1999

WEAS ENTERS PLEA IN ABDUCTION CASE

September 23, 1999

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An Ozawkie man accused of helping another man kidnap a woman behind Johnny's Tavern pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in the case Wednesday.

Michael J. Weas, 44, could face up to three years in prison for the Oct. 25 abduction behind the North Lawrence bar. He will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Nov. 8.

Authorities say Weas and a 43-year-old man drove the Topeka woman from Lawrence to Weas' residence near Perry Lake in Jefferson County. During a preliminary hearing, the victim said she didn't remember much after being forced into the vehicle, but woke up the next morning with cuts and bruises. A forensic odontologist testified that bite marks on the woman's arm matched Weas' teeth.

The woman ran to a nearby house and reported the kidnapping after waking up the next morning.

The other defendant in the case has been charged with aggravated sexual battery and aggravated kidnapping. His case is pending until the Kansas Court of Appeals rules on an objection by the prosecutors involving a judge's decision that limited how the victim could identify the man in court. His attorney's expressed concern the woman had seen a photo of him in a line-up prior to the hearing.

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

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