Archive for Monday, December 20, 2010

Case against defendant in attack on bicycle path ready for January trial

December 20, 2010


The court case involving 30-year-old man accused of attacking a woman on a southwest Lawrence bike path last summer appears ready for a January jury trial.

Attorneys for both sides in the case of William E. Nichols told Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel Monday morning that they were prepared for the Jan. 10 trial.

Nichols faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, attempted rape and aggravated battery. He’s accused of grabbing a 23-year-old woman off her bike and attacking her June 16 on the bike path between the Youth Sports Complex soccer fields and Clinton Lake.

The woman testified at a June preliminary hearing in the case and accused Nichols of grabbing her off her bike on June 16. She alleged he then fondled her and held a knife to her throat.

Two men rescued the woman and chased her attacker away, who was later arrested by officers. At the time of the attack, the woman was visiting a family in Lawrence.


Avery Pearson 7 years, 6 months ago

I thought she was stabbed. I hope that didn't actually happen though.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 6 months ago

And why is the JW identifying this particular perp?

NOTcrusher 7 years, 6 months ago

Why not identify all perps? Welcome to Lawrence!

DennisAnderson 7 years, 6 months ago

Our general policy is not to name a suspect in a sex crime unless there is a conviction. In this case, we decided to use the suspect's name after Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said that Nichols matched the description of a man who groped two women in separate incidents since April 15. It was a matter of keeping the public informed. Dennis Anderson Managing Editor Lawrence Journal-World

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