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Bond upheld in Last Call case

March 7, 2008

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Man charged in shooting appointed an attorney

The man charged with shooting three people last month outside a former Lawrence nightclub gets his court-appointed attorney today. Enlarge video

A Douglas County judge on Thursday refused to lower the bond for a Topeka man charged with shooting three people outside a former Lawrence nightclub.

"I think it is appropriate for what you are charged with," Judge Paula Martin told Carlos Jackson during a brief court appearance.

Jackson, 26, is being held in the Douglas County Jail on $450,000 bond. He is charged with three counts of aggravated battery stemming from the 3 a.m. Feb. 10 shooting outside Last Call, 729 N.H. He was arrested five days later at the home of relatives in Kentucky.

During a local court appearance last week, Jackson said he intended to hire his own attorney. He asked Martin on Thursday to appoint one for him. She appointed Jason Billam and directed Jackson to return to court Thursday. Jackson will be in court at the same time as his alleged accomplices - Sonda Washington, 33, and Sherise Spears, 20 - who will have a preliminary hearing Thursday. The women, free on bond, were arrested and charged with assisting Jackson after the shooting.

The shooting wounded two club employees and a 15-year-old boy who had been in the club. Last Call has closed, and the club faces eviction proceedings by its landlord.

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