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Suspect in slaying faces new charge

January 26, 2008

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Sedale Fox, the man accused of first-degree murder in this week's shooting death of a pregnant Leavenworth woman, now faces an additional charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Sedale Fox, the man accused of first-degree murder in this week's shooting death of a pregnant Leavenworth woman, now faces an additional charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

— The man accused of first-degree murder in this week's shooting death of a pregnant, 20-year-old Leavenworth woman now faces an additional charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Sedale Fox, 23, Lansing, heard the charges read against him Friday morning in Leavenworth County District Court.

Fox is accused of shooting 20-year-old Olivia Jackson at Fox's mobile home Tuesday in Lansing. The conspiracy charge is related to a Jan. 11 bombing at a Leavenworth house from which Jackson and her sister escaped unharmed.

Prosecutors are awaiting results from an autopsy performed on Jackson to determine whether to also charge him in the death of Jackson's unborn daughter.

Also charged Friday morning with conspiracy to commit murder in the house bombing was Jared A. Reed, 21, Farley, Mo. Reed's arrest was announced Thursday night by Pat Kitchens, acting Leavenworth police chief.

A packed courtroom that included several friends of Jackson watched as Fox and his attorney, Sarah Swain, Lawrence, appeared briefly before District Judge Frederick Stewart. The friends gathered in the hallway afterward, hugging one another and sobbing. They declined to speak with the media.

A preliminary hearing for Fox is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 27.

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DirtyLinen 6 years, 2 months ago

just_ducky (Claire Williams) says:

"Good point. But in many domestic dispute cases, isn't most of the actual "disputing" done before the cops arrive on the scene?"

Yep, sorry, didn't mean to limit it just to what the police themselves witnessed. But there still may be some witnesses, and even if there aren't any, like I said, what about murder? I'm pretty sure charges can be filed by the state even if the victim doesn't or can't file charges for themselves.

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Claire Williams 6 years, 2 months ago

DirtyLinen (Anonymous) says:

"Not sure that's entirely true. It was my understanding that at least with felonies, charges are brought by the state, not the victim. I'm pretty sure that if a policeman witnesses a robbery, he can arrest the robber and the prosecutor can file charges without the victim doing anything at all. (Who files charges in murder cases, after all?)

Of course, if the victim declines to cooperate and testify, for all intent and purposes it's the same as charges not being brought in the first place."

Good point. But in many domestic dispute cases, isn't most of the actual "disputing" done before the cops arrive on the scene? I don't watch much COPS anymore, but I always remember when the police got to the house there wasn't much going on at that point but Jerry Springer-esque yelling and cursing.

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DirtyLinen 6 years, 2 months ago

just_ducky (Claire Williams) says:

"Bear: Even if it is obvious that a domestic dispute is severe, the battered party has to agree to file charges for anything to be done about it."

Not sure that's entirely true. It was my understanding that at least with felonies, charges are brought by the state, not the victim. I'm pretty sure that if a policeman witnesses a robbery, he can arrest the robber and the prosecutor can file charges without the victim doing anything at all. (Who files charges in murder cases, after all?)

Of course, if the victim declines to cooperate and testify, for all intent and purposes it's the same as charges not being brought in the first place.

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Ragingbear 6 years, 2 months ago

~~Bear: Even if it is obvious that a domestic dispute is severe, the battered party has to agree to file charges for anything to be done about it.~~

Yeah. A big part of the domestic violence problem right there.

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Claire Williams 6 years, 2 months ago

Bearded: Looks like they have to get an autopsy back before the second charge can go through.

Bear: Even if it is obvious that a domestic dispute is severe, the battered party has to agree to file charges for anything to be done about it.

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bearded_gnome 6 years, 2 months ago

okay ... still waiting for the " additional charge" for killing the *unborn baby! c'mon LV co, you guys awake up there?

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kneejerkreaction 6 years, 2 months ago

Just keeps getting worse, eh Sedale? Well, look on the bright side, we won't have to have your filth around anymore.

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somebodynew 6 years, 2 months ago

Bear - OK your ranting for the most part is just way off base. One incident does not constitute domestic terrorism, and the locals do not get to play with Big Brother and all their gadget.

And as far as keeping a closer eye on her (some have wondered why she wasn't under police protection) - The victim has to want it. From what I read, she apparantly did NOT think he was involved even though the police told her. AND she went to his place on her own.

It is truly sad and heartbreaking that things like this happen, but some people do not see the handwriting on the wall until way too late.

No reason for anyone to go through this.

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Ragingbear 6 years, 2 months ago

A pipe bomb would be considered an act of domestic terrorism. One would think that this would either have been stopped before it happened, or the perp would have been caught after the first attempt. What with the Department of Homeland Security, Warrantless NSA wiretaps, National ID and all this other stuff that rapes our freedoms for the claim of security. I bet the Department of Homeland Security or the ATF was even notified that somebody is tossing around pipe bombs.

And since she was clearly targeted, you would think that the authorities would have at least kept a better eye on her.

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madmike 6 years, 2 months ago

Bear, I can see that you are an expert in all investigative mattere here. Until you can build a case with enough probable cause, you can't charge anyone. This isn't a TV drama, where everything magically appears to fall in place at exactly the right time, it is real-life you putz!

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Ragingbear 6 years, 2 months ago

One would think that if the police had done their job and tracked down the person who bombed this place several months ago, that there would not be a horrendous double murder to deal with now. But that would make sense now, wouldn't it?

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