Archive for Thursday, May 17, 2007

Two arrested in death of Lawrence native

Man found shot Wednesday in Kansas City

May 17, 2007


Two people have been arrested and charged in the killing of a Lawrence native found shot to death Wednesday in Kansas City.

Jackson County, Mo. Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar announced that Lamar D. Quarles, 18, and Antonio E. Smith, 17, have been charged with second-degree murder, robbery and armed criminal action in the death of Derek A. Orchard, 37, Overland Park.

Orchard, who grew up in Lawrence, was found early Wednesday morning in a parking lot of an athletic field at 107th Street and Skiles Avenue.

According to court documents, Quarles and Smith were in police custody before the killing was discovered. Kansas City police stopped a gold Honda Accord belonging to Orchard shortly after midnight Wednesday near 12th Street and Paseo Boulevard.

Police became suspicious when Quarles, Smith and two passengers in the vehicle gave conflicting accounts on how they obtained the vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody and questioned, and among the items found in their possession was a handgun and Orchard's credit cards.

According to a detective's report, Smith admitted to police in an interview that Orchard had approached him and Quarles at the Riverview Garden Apartments in the 1500 block of East Missouri Avenue and indicated he "wanted to party." Smith told police Orchard then drove him, Smith and two other people to the park.

"Upon arriving at the park, the occupants exited the vehicle and Smith entered the driver's seat," Detective Alane Booth wrote in the report. "Quarles then pointed a gun at the victim and told him to put his hands in the air."

Smith told police that Quarles then shot Orchard and went through his pockets before the group fled in his vehicle, according to the report.

Prosecutors have requested a $250,000 cash bond for each of the defendants.


maxcrabb 11 years, 1 month ago

wow. insidejob is on a roll.

i still can't understand why people who rob other people at gunpoint feel the need to kill someone when you're allready in a superior position.

Rob a guy of his wallet. Probation for first offenders, a light sentence for a repeat.

Kill a guy. Well, a lot of things can happen, but obviously none good.

Bottom line, if you're gonna mug someone, don't kill them. It's bad for you and senseless for them and their families.

...can't we get a little criminal understanding and honor going here?

Leprechaunking13 11 years, 1 month ago

If the guy they rob is dead then If they get away with it for the night they can dump the car or take it to a chop shop the next day and possibly get away with everything or maybe one of them takes the rap for it. However if they leave him alive then he could get to a phone and call in the description of his car to the police, call in his credit cards before they could use them. It's just KC kids grown up in the ghetto being stupid trying to better themselves for a night, and end up screwing themselves for life. Or they're just ruthless kids who didn't care whether the guy lived or not and it was easier to just off the poor SOB. If you think about it a little bit it's really not hard to see why stupid kids from the street would do something like that.

cowboy 11 years, 1 month ago

congrats to the KC homicide squad , these guys are some of the best around !

My brother was robbed and murdered in KC some 20 years ago now and the KC police were so good to our family , the tragedy of going thru this is really lessened when the mf'ers are in custody. as to their mental state these are plain and simple just low level animals and deserve to be treated as such !

My thoughts and prayers are with the family

Motivation 11 years, 1 month ago

Maybe the KC Homicide Squad could work on the CLACC murder, then...just maybe...we could all get some results from THAT case. Thank you Lord, that this case was solved so quickly. My prayers to his family and friends (Orchard). There is never an excuse for taking advantage of the vulnerable.

Sean Livingstone 11 years, 1 month ago

The reason why death penalty should be removed: There are many "criminals" or "murderers" who admitted to their "crimes" but were later found to have received money from the actual killers to admit their "crimes". We have to be careful about capital punishment.

Angie Dick 11 years, 1 month ago

Hey all.. This is really sad. This world is going to crap!!! I send my heart felt blessings to the family of the slain man. For the 2 lil rats that killed him, in cold blood.. Hate to say it as young as they maybe. I hope They get a stiff sentence. It's just a bad situation. I mean really could anyone fathom, The thought of your child taking another's life like that? I can't.. It is just aweful..

quietgirl 11 years, 1 month ago

Marion, You are cold hearted and cruel. Did it ever occur to you that maybe the 'perps' were just saying this to make their situation better? We only have the word of two drug dealing-car stealing-killers to go by in this case. Are you really going to believe them without question?? Also, have some compassion for the family and friends who might be reading this article today. Derek was a victim of senseless violence. Maybe he was in the wrong part of town but that does not make it his fault that two idiots decided to kill him.

MamaHornet 11 years, 1 month ago

Just because two thugs tell police that Mr. Orchard was looking to "party" does not make it true. Criminals are NOT known for their honesty. Unfortunately, all the media latched onto that part of the story and when the truth finally comes out, the story will be on the back page of the paper. I hope the media continues to unravel the truths in the story---for the sake of Mr. Orchard's family. I believe this was just a carjacking/robbery gone bad. It's unfortunate that Mr. Orchard died, but it's even more of a tragedy that his widow and family have to deal with the aftermath of untruths about Mr. Orchard.

Eric Neuteboom 11 years, 1 month ago

Marion, you're an insensitive jerk.

I'd use stronger language but the words I possess would surely lead to this post's removal.

You, and your "thoughts," are useless. The sooner you go away the better.

vegetablegirl 11 years, 1 month ago

Marion-Brighten up buddy! I would agree with QUIETGIRL. Why would anyone believe what these poor excuses for humans are saying? These idiots are going down for this crime and what fun that they can ruin Derek's character and take him down at the same time.....

I hope they rot!

Roadkill_Rob 11 years, 1 month ago

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KUJJJhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

I keep seeing that everyone is saying Derek was in the "hood" and questioning his motives for being there. In reality we don't know if he was there at all. We only know at this point that he was at home in the morning and found dead in the park at 106th and Skiles. The thugs were in the hood with Derek's car, not Derek. I am not about to believe the story the "witness" gives about Derek being down there-- not without something else corraberating their story. I just don't buy it.

Also, I can't figure out why there aren't 4 people being charged with murder. One article says "according to a witness" and goes on to say what happened. In my opinion, the "witness" should be a "defendant"!

Knowing Derek and his family, I can not see Derek inviting this. This is a guy who was consistantly involved in his kid's lives, active in his community, and an overall great guy. It just doesn't make sense what happened to him. My prayers are with Derek's wonderful family.

Roadkill_Rob 11 years, 1 month ago


You're pretty quick to jump to conclusions...I hope your not on the jury for this or any case.


Marion has no point other than sticking his nose in the air at an innocent victim.

Kelly Boyle-Wolfe 11 years, 1 month ago

Just to maybe clear things up for all of you that keep going on and on about Derek and how he isn't a sweet high school kid anymore...maybe I can clear it up for you. The reason people who knew Derek talk so fondly of him and elementary school or high school is because that is how long these people have known him and loved him as a person. It isn't because they are all naive, or in denial, it is because they INDEED know him and have for many, many years. It is time to stop judging and blaming the victim. It is time to recognize that no matter HOW people want to view the information being provided, a Lawrence native was murdered. He has a lot of people that have very fond memories of him and will always remember him as being a kind-hearted, happy, genuine young man who was taken before his time.

Baille 11 years, 1 month ago

The Orchards are a wonderful family and their contributions to the community and to their neighbors are innumerable. My family's thoughts and prayers are with them.

juliacrickard 11 years, 1 month ago

Can you imagine how terrifying that situation would be? His last few moments of shock and panic. Then bang and black. Its over. Its really kind of sad. Drugs or not - the whole thing is just sad.

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