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August 28, 2003


Wellman Road accident victim in fair condition

A McLouth man was injured Tuesday night when his pickup truck went off the road in Jefferson County about five miles north of Lawrence.

Troy V. Bowers, 29, was taken by Life Net helicopter to KU Med in Kansas City, Kan. He was in fair condition Wednesday, a hospital spokesman said.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, about 7:40 p.m. Bowers was driving a 1995 Dodge pickup north on Wellman Road near 37th Street when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve.

The truck went into the ditch and came to a stop on the north side of 37th Street.

Bowers was the only person in the truck.

Son to stand trial in elderly neglect case

A judge on Wednesday ruled there was probable cause to try a 44-year-old Lawrence man on a charge that he murdered his elderly father by neglect.

Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone's ruling concluded a lengthy preliminary hearing for Timothy D. Harrell that featured testimony from medical experts and a social worker. Malone ordered Harrell to stand trial for second-degree murder and also for failure to pay a marijuana tax stamp, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors allege Harrell inadvertently brought about the Nov. 20 death of his 84-year-old father, Henry F. Harrell, by withholding necessary treatment.

Timothy Harrell also faces misdemeanor charges of mistreatment of a dependent adult and possession of marijuana. But only felony charges require a preliminary hearing, which allows defense attorneys to cross-examine witnesses before a case goes to trial.

Harrell will appear in court Sept. 3 to be formally arraigned on the charges.

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