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Burglaries detailed in homicide trial

November 19, 2008

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Law enforcement officers from across northeast Kansas spent Tuesday detailing an area burglary spree that Douglas County prosecutors say included the April 2005 shooting death of a Lecompton man.

Prosecutors allege that Allen Dale Smith, 37, of Topeka, participated in a series of burglaries with his cousin Leonard Price, 47, including one that ended in the death of Clarence David Boose, 77, a retired jeweler.

Smith faces charges of felony murder and aggravated burglary. Both Smith and Price are serving prison sentences for an attempted murder conviction related to a shooting during a Pottawatomie County burglary less than a week after Boose was killed.

Price has already pleaded guilty in the Douglas County case, and he is expected to testify that Smith fired the shot that killed Boose. Smith’s attorney has argued that his client’s alibi puts him in Topeka baby-sitting and not with Price during the burglary.

Smith’s first trial in the Boose case in August ended with a mistrial with a deadlocked jury.

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