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Archive for Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Suspect ordered to trial in shooting

December 19, 2001

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A Douglas County Judge ruled Tuesday there is enough evidence to try Stephen Meeker for shooting and wounding a man in a Baldwin dispute.

Meeker, 34, Baldwin, is scheduled to return to Judge Jack Murphy's courtroom at 4 p.m. Jan. 7, when a trial date is to be set.

Meeker is accused of shooting Steven Swafford, 31, Lawrence, three times on Oct. 14 during a confrontation at Meeker's residence in the 1200 block of Bison Court. Meeker also is accused of pointing the 9 mm pistol at the head of Kerry Chalmers, Swafford's girlfriend.

Meeker is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and attempted aggravated battery.

Before Murphy issued his ruling, he listened to additional witnesses questioned about the incident by Meeker's attorney, Jim Rumsey.

One of those witnesses, Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Woods, said Meeker told him after the incident that the confrontation began after Chalmers entered Meeker's house and threatened to harm his wife, Erin Meeker.

Meeker is currently free from jail on $15,000 bond.

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