Archive for Wednesday, July 19, 2006

4 charged with murder of Topeka lobbyist

July 19, 2006


— Four people were charged Tuesday with the murder of a Topeka homeless activist whose body was found July 2 along the Kansas River.

Shawnee County Dist. Atty. Robert Hecht said first-degree murder charges were filed against Charles Lloyd Hollingsworth III, 18; Kimberly D. Sharp, 27; Carl L. Baker, 60; and John R. Cornell, 28, for the death of David Patrick Owen. They are in Shawnee County jail.

Hecht said additional charges could be filed. The body of Owen, 38, was found about a week after he was reported missing.

Police initially didn't suspect foul play but said they were concerned by reports that Owen had been beaten before when he confronted homeless people while urging them to reconnect with their families.

Police said Owen's body was badly decomposed, but have not indicated how he was killed.


rayikeo 11 years, 8 months ago

Are these four homeless people charged with murder the kind of residents we want to lure to Lawrence with a two million dollar state of the art Homeless shelter? What other crimes are the homeless committing that doesn't come to the Public Eye?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 8 months ago

Those four homeless people likely had eight hands and legs between them. Should we seek to expel all folks with two hands and two legs because they might commit a crime?

rayikeo 11 years, 8 months ago

To just-another-bozo... Using your analogy if a pedophile has 2 hands and 2 legs then everyone with 2 hands and 2 legs is also a pedifile. Do you have 2 hands and 2 legs?

rayikeo 11 years, 8 months ago

This article was taken from the JWworld from the date shown.

Four arrested in lobbyist's death The Associated Press

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Topeka - David Owen told a Kansas City newspaper earlier this year that his frequent run-ins with homeless men he said he was trying to help prompted his father to buy a funeral plot in case one of them killed him.

On Thursday, it appeared Owen's father was right to worry as Topeka police said they had arrested four homeless men in the death of Owen, a registered sex offender and lobbyist.

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