Archive for Monday, August 4, 2008

Charges filed against Baldwin City man in connection with weekend shooting

A Baldwin City man faces an aggravated battery charge for shooting a neighbor in the head over the weekend.

August 4, 2008, 2:25 p.m. Updated August 4, 2008, 4:57 p.m.


A Baldwin City man faces an aggravated battery charge related to a shooting early Saturday morning that injured his 32-year-old neighbor.

The Douglas County District Attorney's Office filed the felony charge Monday morning against Brian L. Pitts, 35.

During Pitts' first appearance in court Monday, District Judge Robert Fairchild agreed to lower Pitts' bond to $75,000 from $500,000. But Fairchild said Pitts could not have contact with the victim, Daniel T. Sumner.

Pitts told Fairchild that he was not a flight risk and he wanted to be able to financially assist his wife and children.

Police allege that about 5 a.m. Saturday, Pitts shot Sumner in the head while inside Sumner's home. Mike McKenna, Baldwin City's police chief, told reporters this weekend that Sumner was struck in the head by a bullet that grazed him and tore back his scalp.

McKenna said Sumner was in stable condition when he was taken to a Kansas City-area hospital. Fairchild appointed defense attorney James George to defend Pitts.

His next court appearance will be at 2 p.m. Thursday with District Judge Paula Martin.


important 9 years, 10 months ago

I think the most important thing would be to pray for both families because they are both probably confused and hurting right now!!!

igby 9 years, 10 months ago

I'm sure someone disrespected someone's property, house or wife and children. "Thouth shall not shoot thy neighbor for letting his puppy poop in thine yard!"

woodenfleaeater 9 years, 10 months ago

That's not what I would necessarily call the "Welcome Wagon".

Steve Jacob 9 years, 10 months ago

I would love to know what the fight was about. My first guess is barking dog, second was mowing grass early to beat the heat, but maybe 6am, not "THAT" early.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 10 months ago

Right on Pywacket..... I am sure they were eary risers, not late party folks. the gun "just" happened to be there.Good guy to have next door....if... someone is looking for trouble close to home.

dweezil222 9 years, 10 months ago

Ok, the charges have been filed. Now all we have to do is find out how McKenna FUBAR'ed the case.

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