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Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Duncan applies for diversion

November 21, 2001

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A Kansas University football player applied to enter a diversion program Tuesday and avoid facing trial in the theft of a student's purse.

Reggie Duncan, a KU running back, turned in his application to the Douglas County District Court, his attorney, Ron Schneider, said during an appearance before Judge Jack Murphy.

With the application pending, Murphy set a trial date for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Schneider said he thought a decision on the diversion application will have been made by that time.

Duncan is charged with theft of a purse from a KU student that allegedly occurred on June 12 on campus. Duncan also is charged with one count of unlawful use of the woman's credit card.

If a diversion program is approved, Duncan would have to abide by certain conditions established by a judge for a period of time to avoid a trial.

A second person, KU quarterback Mario Kinsey also is charged in the case. In addition to theft of a purse, Kinsey faces two charges of unlawful use of a credit card. Kinsey is scheduled for a hearing at 4 p.m. Nov. 30 before Murphy.

Duncan already is in a one-year diversion program through Lawrence Municipal Court for a different case. He was charged with misdemeanor theft for allegedly stealing from the SuperTarget Store, 3102 Iowa, in September 2000. In March he began a one-year diversion program that required that he obey all laws.

Municipal Court Prosecutor Tom Porter, however, has filed a motion to revoke Duncan's diversion because of the new charges. If the diversion is revoked, Duncan may face a trial on the shoplifting charge. A hearing on that motion is set for 8 a.m. Nov. 30.

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