Archive for Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Rose pleads not guilty to Boardwalk fire charges

March 21, 2006


The 20-year-old Lawrence man charged with setting the fire at the Boardwalk Apartments that killed three people today waived his right to a speedy trial.

Jason Rose briefly appeared this morning in Douglas County District Court, where his attorney entered a "not guilty" plea to all 12 charges stemming from the October fire.

A trial date was set for Sept. 18. It's expected to last two weeks.

The defense asked the judge to lower Rose's bond from $500,000 to $50,000, saying members of Rose's church have volunteered to take him in their homes, if he was released from jail.

The judge denied that request due to the serious nature of the charges.

At last month's preliminary hearing, Douglas County District Court Judge Jack Murphy found there was enough evidence to try Rose on three counts of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated arson and eight counts of aggravated battery.


Confrontation 9 years, 8 months ago

Members of his church need their heads examined. If you truly valued your home and life/children, would you bring in an arsonist?

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 8 months ago

I'm guessing that his church buddies are just trying to keep him from having to stay behind bars while awaiting trial.

He is a total flight risk. He has little/no family and no real prospects of avoiding major jail time. I'd leave him in jail if I were the judge.

LovelyAngel315 9 years, 8 months ago

You must not know him if you think he's a flight risk. He has no money, no where to go, and no way to get there.

Confrontation 9 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, a murderer would never try to leave town. What were we thinking? Surely, he wants to stay here, get convicted, and hang out in prison for the rest of his life.

cms 9 years, 8 months ago

I would take this young man into my home in a minute. He made an error in judgement that ended tragically, very tragically. I hope he has a chance to make up for his action, lead a healthy life and eventually give back to his community.

dozer 9 years, 8 months ago

riiiight. made a mistake. Oops, I started a fire, oops, the whole apartment complex is on fire. Possessions lost, lives lost, families destroyed. Give me a break, made a mistake?

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