Archive for Friday, December 10, 2010

Lawrence man appears in court on charges he was involved in shooting at South Pointe apartments

December 10, 2010

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A 26-year-old parolee appeared before a judge Friday on charges that he was involved in a recent shooting at a Lawrence apartment complex.

Dustin Durward Walker

Dustin Durward Walker

Earlier this week, Douglas County prosecutors charged 26-year-old Dustin D. Walker with attempted second-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm.

They accuse Walker of shooting a 23-year-old Lawrence man during an altercation early Sunday morning at South Pointe Apartments, 2310 W. 26th St.

Police and prosecutors have said little about the case other than the shooting victim showed up at Lawrence Memorial Hospital with abdominal wounds. He was later taken to a Topeka hospital where his condition stabilized, but he remained hospitalized.

Walker said little in court Friday afternoon when he appeared before James George, Douglas County’s pro tem judge. George kept Walker’s bond at $350,000 and directed him to not get within five blocks of the apartment building where the shooting occurred, if he is released from jail.

George also appointed defense attorney John Kerns to represent Walker, who is schedule to appear before District Judge Paula Martin at 2 p.m. next Thursday.

Police arrested Walker Thursday morning in the 1900 block of Haskell Avenue.

He faces a maximum sentence of slightly more than 20 years in prison if he’s convicted of the attempted second-degree murder count.

Walker does have a criminal history in Douglas County. He served one year and nine months in prison for an aggravated battery conviction related to a June 15, 2008, domestic violence incident. He has been on parole since April 23.

Comments

superhans 4 years, 4 months ago

Guess he needs to update his Match.com profile.

"If I don't respond in 20 years, it's cuz I done went to jail again!"

Brian Conrad 4 years, 4 months ago

amazing pot growers get mandatory sentences DUI mandatory sentence and this violent offender out in a year attempting to KILL someone! Douglas county messed up! aggravated means he used a weapon before! 20 years means 10 really , then he will be back out and next time he WILL kill. Mandatory sentences and mandatory REAL time for these thugs PERIOD!!! let out the pot offenses and there will be plenty of space for these REAL criminals.

Fatty_McButterpants 4 years, 4 months ago

Aggravated does NOT automatically mean "he used a weapon before!" An aggravated battery can be either a battery in which a weapon was used, OR it can be a battery in which the victim received an injury. Try knowing what the heck you're talking about before stepping up onto your soapbox.

BlackVelvet 4 years, 4 months ago

He still shouldn't have been out of jail this soon on any aggravated conviction. The entire system, not just Douglas County, is a sham. Crime certainly DOES pay. The chances of getting caught, then charged, then convicted...not that great. And then sentences are so darned lame.......

Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

Have a nice time back in the Cross Bar Hotel, dude.

smileyface40 4 years, 4 months ago

Bet he won't get a 64 year sentence like someone else in the past....Justice system is a joke...

tawana 4 years ago

Please stop using my brother's case to lash out at one another. Oh yeah, and also keep in mind that he has three children, a mother, 2 sister, a brother, and three nephews who read your comments. I think we all have had enough with the pointed fingers and lack of information that is circulating around this case as it is. This is a tragedy for all parties involved, not a joke.

RoeDapple 4 years ago

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