Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2001

Trial dates set for Jayhawks

KU’s Duncan, Kinsey hope to enter diversion programs

October 11, 2001


Four days after they led Kansas University's football team to victory over Texas Tech, trial dates were set for Mario Kinsey and Reggie Duncan on charges of stealing a purse.

Neither Kinsey, a red-shirt freshman quarterback, nor Duncan, a sophomore running back, were present for a first appearance in Douglas County District Court for the reading of the charges against them.

Instead, Duncan, 20, was represented by his attorney, Ron Schneider, and Kinsey, 19, by attorney Sherri Loveland. The players' attorneys waived the charge readings, and a trial date for both players was set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 before Douglas County District Judge Jack Murphy.

Duncan and Kinsey are both charged with the June 12 theft of a purse from a 22-year-old KU student that allegedly occurred on campus.

In addition, Kinsey is charged with two counts of unlawful use of a credit card belonging to the student. Duncan is charged with one count of unlawful use of the woman's credit card. Those alleged incidents also occurred on June 12.

All of the charges are misdemeanors.

In an interview earlier this summer, the victim, Lindsey Douglas told the Journal-World her credit card was used at least once to pay for a pizza delivery.

Schneider and Loveland said their clients will apply to enter into a diversion program. If accepted into the program, they could avoid a trial and would have to abide by certain conditions for a period of time as set by a judge in order for the charges to be dropped.

Meanwhile, Kinsey and Duncan are free on their own recognizance. They were ordered by Judge Pro Tem Peggy Kittel not to have contact with the victim or potential witnesses.

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