Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Hearing scheduled in downtown shooting

March 10, 2006


The Topeka man charged in a Feb. 5 shooting death outside a downtown nightclub made a brief court appearance Thursday, again under tightened courtroom security.

Rashawn T. Anderson appeared briefly before District Court Judge Paula Martin, who scheduled his preliminary hearing for two days starting July 12. Martin also granted defense attorney Mark Manna's motion to ban video cameras from the courtroom for Anderson's case, but she said she would allow a still photographer.

Anderson is charged with murdering 46-year-old Robert E. Williams outside the Granada, 1020 Mass., after a hip-hop show.

Plainclothes officers stood guard at each corner of the courtroom during Anderson's appearance, and the county's police dog, Gero, was in the hallway and lobby outside the courtroom prior to Anderson's appearance.


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