Archive for Monday, June 9, 2008

Teen, 16, arrested in double homicide

A 16-year-old Lawrence man is in custody, arrested today on charges related to that double shooting early Saturday in East Lawrence.

June 9, 2008


Double homicide first since 2002

Saturday's shooting marks the first time in nearly six years that Lawrence has seen a double homicide. On July 11, 2002, the bodies of Pete Wallace and Wyona Chandlee were discovered in their home in the 1500 block of Learnard Street. Enlarge video

A 16-year-old Lawrence resident was arrested Sunday in connection with the shooting that left two men dead early Saturday in east Lawrence.

The juvenile was booked at the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of felony murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, and attempted aggravated robbery, Lawrence Police Sgt. Dan Ward said in a statement.

Two men, ages 18 and 20, died from gunshot injuries at a home in the 1300 block of Delaware Street early Saturday. The men's names have not been released.

Police said they received several reports of the sound of gunshots on the city's east side about 2:45 a.m. Police later discovered the two dead men. One man was found on the back porch of the home. The other was inside the residence.

Police said a weapon was found at the scene, and a second weapon was found about one block from the home.

Police said the suspect fled on foot after the shooting.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a red Acura Integra was towed from 14th Street, near the entrance to the alley behind the crime scene.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Dave Hubbel said he did not know whether the shooting was related to another incident involving gunfire that began at Kwik Shop, 1846 Mass., earlier in the morning.

About 1 a.m., police received reports of an argument between two people in two different cars in the convenience store's parking lot, Hubbel said. A dark-colored Chevrolet Caprice then chased a small red car out of the lot, turning left on 19th Street and heading north on New Hampshire Street, Hubbel said. A witness heard car engines racing and several gunshots.

Police later located several empty shell casings along the street, Hubbell said.

One bullet hole later was found in each of three houses in the 1800 block of New Hampshire Street.

John Angermeier, who lives on the block, said he heard what sounded like a knock on the door early Saturday morning. He later discovered bullet holes in his house.

"I called the police and they came and checked it out and said it was connected," he said. "Apparently the shells match or something like that."

Neighbors of the east Lawrence residence where the men were killed said they had witnessed many people coming and going from the house in recent months.

"People would knock on the door and be there five minutes and then leave," said Louise Nora, who lives down the street from where the two men were found. Nora said some neighbors suspected drug dealing.

Venus Poke, a neighbor, said she observed similar activity.

"I wasn't paying much attention to it, but I could see it coming and going, coming and going," she said. "There was a lot of people over here."

Poke said she thought two men stayed at the house, but she never met them. She said a woman, who she believed was a relative, also spent time there.


introversion 9 years, 7 months ago

at least it was the color of the cars and not the color of their skin that was made an issue of..

bondmen 9 years, 7 months ago

Was it the guns or drugs or just malicious and felonious behavior on the part of all the participants which resulted in this tragedy? How about their behavior!Looks like the neighbors knew something was not right with all the coming and going from that house. I wonder why it hadn't been staked out earlier by the police? Did nobody bother to call them?In any event I'm upset the color of the cars involved was made a part of this article. It's not right to profile the participants of this crime in this manner!

bondmen 9 years, 7 months ago

Color is color and is unaware whether it is on a car, on skin or in the sky. It is useful for describing a person or thing only if one has eyes to see and someone worth telling!

Bob Forer 9 years, 7 months ago

More Arrests to ComeBased on the charges filed against the 16 year old-- felony murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, and attempted aggravated robbery, the following can be deduced: 1) felony murder is a murder committed during the course of a inherently dangerous felony, such as aggravated robbery. What makes the robbery aggravated is that it was allegedly committed with a deadly weapon. There is no need for premeditation and/or intent to kill. However, like premediatated murder, it is murder in the first degree, and encompasses the same penalties as first degree murder does. 2) sounds like it was a robbery gone bad. We should be careful in assuming it was a crack house murder--it may well could have been--but until we know more facts, we should be careful in drawing conclusions, especially when those conclusions cast aspersions on the character of the late victims. And even if it involved drugs, the victims could have been mere innocent bystands and/or purchasers, so let's not assume that the victims were drug dealers or somehow had it coming to them. Nobody deserves this. 3) Since there is a conspiracy charge, we can assume that at least one other assailant was involved. By definition, conspiracy is an agreement between two or more pesons to commit a crime, along with the commission of an overt act towards the perpetration of that crime. My guess is that the sixteen year old was interviewed by police, fessed up, and dropped a dime on his accomplice or accomplices. I can almost guarantee that more arrests will follow. (and this comes from an experienced forrmer prosecutor) .

Dani Davey 9 years, 7 months ago

Bravo to the Lawrence PD for the turn around time on this case.

nobody1793 9 years, 7 months ago

"Color is color and is unaware whether it is on a car, on skin or in the sky. It is useful for describing a person or thing only if one has eyes to see and someone worth telling!"Don't discriminate against the color blind. It only leads to gray on gray violence.

Nikki May 9 years, 7 months ago

I'm not sure why you wouldn't put the car color in. They are obviously still looking for someone, and the cars would be helpful. I don't see how car color is profiling. Oh wait, my husband has a white car, he is white. I hope you are joking about car color and profiling.

jimmibling 9 years, 7 months ago

16 yera old? early morning hours 2:45am?where are his parents?

Bob Forer 9 years, 7 months ago

Hey hawk, I don't necessarily disagree with you in general principle on the idea of a draft, but not just for the military, but for overall service to America. Because the military doesn't need a lot of cannon fodder provided we have a sensible foreign policy, I think we need to include in the draft non-military service to America.

Melissa Sigler 9 years, 7 months ago

I think they were thinking it was drug related because of the people coming and going from the house...not just the shooting alone. Good job reading the article though.

christie 9 years, 7 months ago

$100.00 says 2 or more people involved in this incident were out on parole.There should be a law passed that says if any member on the parole board votes to parole someone, and that person commits a crime and is sent back to prison, the members of the parole board that voted to let the person out should go to jail with them.

brallikoo 9 years, 7 months ago

U know we can not assume that the house was a drug house or anything else until we get more information. Many people think that when a shooting accures that it automatically has to with drugs. What the hell is wrong wit everybody?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 7 months ago

Are we ever going to know the precise address of this house?

madscientwist 9 years, 7 months ago

How could anyone possibly think Topeka is to blame? That's about the same as blaming the gun for the double homicide! How about blaming the 16 year old delinquent who pulled the trigger?

Kornphlake 9 years, 7 months ago

Maybe in the future we can get past ourselves enough not to automatically blame Topeka for violence that happens here? There were a lot of people blaming Topeka when this story broke. Looks like we have our own problems to deal with.

loki8025 9 years, 7 months ago

Where did the TEEN get the gun and what the heck about the parents?? Why in G's name would a 16 year old be out that late. I agree that the parents are not to blame in all the cases but this is outrageous.What is going on? What is wrong with this place? Where the H is the parents?? And people wonder why carry and conceal weapon laws are changing. Pretty soon it will be like the old wild west because I do not see good citizens taking this crap much longer. Drugs, robbery, who cares. Double homicide, I hope that this person spends the rest of life locked up and I hope the parents are proud. Anyone who thinks that the parents are not responsible in some form or another is lying to themselves. AMERICA F*&# YEAH!!

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