Archive for Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Hearing scheduled for Rose

Arson suspect is due in court on Feb. 22

October 25, 2005


It will be at least four months before prosecutors begin publicly making their case against a man charged with setting a deadly apartment fire.

Jason Allen Rose, 20, made a brief appearance Monday in Douglas County District Court, where Judge Jack Murphy scheduled a three-day preliminary hearing for him starting Feb. 22.

"It's going to take us several months, I think, to ... be ready for a preliminary hearing," said Ron Evans, one of Rose's court-appointed defense attorneys.

Rose is charged with three counts of murder and one count of arson for the Oct. 7 fire, which destroyed a block-long building at Boardwalk Apartments in the 500 block of Fireside Drive.

The fire killed Kansas University student Nicole Bingham, social worker Yolanda Riddle and electrician Jose Gonzalez, and injured or displaced dozens more residents.

Police and prosecutors have declined to talk about what evidence they have against Rose or how they believe the fire was started.

At a preliminary hearing, prosecutors would be required to show probable cause that Rose committed the crimes.

Rose is being held in the Douglas County Jail with bond set at $500,000.


pylon25 12 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps because it takes time to gather evidence, prepare a case, ensure they have the right person. Would you prefer they do it quickly without taking the time to carefully prepare? Perhaps we could just convict him without a trial, that would be a speedy way to do it eh?

princess 12 years, 6 months ago

If you factor in the time off for the holidays, it is more like 3 months. You loose a lot of time in December to holiday closings. Really, 3 months or even 4 months is not that bad. I would rather they take the time now and do this right than have any mishaps due to rushing it. It saves the people in the long run for the prosecution to have the most solid case possible at trial. Less likely to have as lengthy an appeals process.

pylon25 12 years, 6 months ago

So your saying that attorneys dont work hard and earn their salarys? Law School isnt either and neither is the profession, they earn their money.

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