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More charges filed in Boardwalk fire

February 22, 2006

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A Lawrence man charged with killing three people in a fire at Boardwalk Apartments now faces additional charges related to injuries suffered by the fire's survivors.

Prosecutors have filed eight counts of aggravated battery against Jason A. Rose, 20, on top of the three counts of murder and one count of aggravated arson he already faced. Evidence in the case is expected to be made public for the first time today, as Rose begins a preliminary hearing on the charges in Douglas County District Court.

The hearing is scheduled to last up to three days.

Neither Dist. Atty. Charles Branson nor Rose's attorney, Ron Evans, could be reached Tuesday for comment.

The decision to file extra charges against Rose didn't come as a surprise. At a hearing in December, Assistant Dist. Atty. Amy McGowan told Judge Jack Murphy, "there will be more charges coming prior to preliminary hearing," but didn't specify what they would be.

Aggravated battery, a felony, in this case means "recklessly causing great bodily harm" or disfigurement to another person.

Rose, who recently had moved out on his own after living in foster care, is charged with setting the Oct. 7 fire that destroyed a building at Boardwalk Apartments in the 500 block of Fireside Drive.

The fire killed KU student Nicole Bingham, electrician Jose Gonzalez and social worker Yolanda Riddle.

Comments

JimmyJoeBob 9 years, 6 months ago

There won't be any additional cost. The same evidence will be presented whether or not the additional charges are filed. It is simply the right thing to do.

Ragingbear 9 years, 6 months ago

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badger 9 years, 6 months ago

ottr -

You know, he may get off on the murder charge, or plead it down, or any one of fifty other outcomes that have him spending five years (or none) behind bars. At that point, they would have trouble charging him with more crimes and could lose the right to press that case because it would be viewed as the prosecutor harassing him. A plea bargain might contain the agreement that no other charges can't be filed. There's the possibility that a judge could decide that the prosecutor couldn't bring charges for the injuries later because it might constitute double jeopardy (if, for example, he pled to something less than arson, it could hurt a case regarding the injuries if it was based in an act of arson).

All in all, it's sensible to do it this way.

Also, philosophically speaking, I think a man should face all his crimes in one sitting and either account for them or be exonerated. If he did this, he should be held responsible for all of its effects and face all of it. If he did not, he should not spend the next ten years of his life in trial after trial because the prosecutor really believes he did it and is scrounging around for a charge a jury will believe.

Ragingbear 9 years, 6 months ago

Huh? Why was my comment removed? I am quite sure that I didn't go off on any particular tirade.

badger 9 years, 6 months ago

No idea.

I thought you'd posted a Simpsons reference?

Perhaps they hate the Simpsons?

Some people are funny like that.

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