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Topeka residents charged in Monday morning shooting, attempted robbery

October 13, 2010

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Christopher Bush, pictured during a first appearance in Douglas County Court on Wednesday in connection with the Redbud shooting.

Christopher Bush, pictured during a first appearance in Douglas County Court on Wednesday in connection with the Redbud shooting.

Rylie Musik, pictured during a first appearance in Douglas County Court on Wednesday in connection with the Redbud shooting.

Rylie Musik, pictured during a first appearance in Douglas County Court on Wednesday in connection with the Redbud shooting.

Ashley Halstead, pictured during a first appearance in Douglas County Court on Wednesday in connection with the Redbud shooting.

Ashley Halstead, pictured during a first appearance in Douglas County Court on Wednesday in connection with the Redbud shooting.

Desmond Jackson, pictured during a first appearance in Douglas County Court on Wednesday in connection with the Redbud shooting.

Desmond Jackson, pictured during a first appearance in Douglas County Court on Wednesday in connection with the Redbud shooting.

Suspects charged in shooting incident

Four Topeka residents were charged in court Wednesday for their involvement in a Monday morning shooting. The four people involved planned the robbery before committing the crime. Enlarge video

Douglas County prosecutors Wednesday alleged two Topeka women tried to distract two Lawrence residents as a co-conspirator tried to rob the men.

The robbery attempt ended with a 28-year-old Lawrence man shot and a 25-year-old man being pistol-whipped early Monday in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane.

The details of the shooting came out as prosecutors filed charges in the case against four Topeka residents, including 19-year-old Christopher A. Bush, who is accused of pulling the trigger.

“Any time you have somebody getting shot, we’re going to take it more seriously,” said James McCabria, assistant Douglas County district attorney.

Prosecutors charged Bush, along with Ashley A. Halstead, 22, Desmond J. Jackson, 19, and Rylie R. Musik, 18, each with two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery. In addition, prosecutors charged Bush with aggravated battery because they accuse him of shooting the man and for criminal possession of a firearm, because he has a prior juvenile conviction in Shawnee County.

McCabria said prosecutors allege the four defendants hatched a plan to have Musik and Halstead — who had met the victims earlier that night at an undisclosed location — ride in a vehicle with the two Lawrence men to Park Plaza South Apartments. Jackson and Bush would meet them at the apartment complex. The two victims and the defendants did not know one another before Monday night.

Once they made it to the parking lot at the apartment complex around 4:30 a.m., Bush used a handgun to demand money from the two Lawrence men, McCabria said.

Lawrence police have said an argument ensued and the 28-year-old man was shot. The 25-year-old Lawrence man suffered a minor head injury but was not hospitalized. On Wednesday, 28-year-old victim remained in critical but stable condition at a Kansas City-area hospital, said Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman.

Lawrence and Topeka police arrested the four suspects Monday at a Topeka home.

Judge pro tem James George set Bush’s bond at $150,000. He set bond at $100,000 for all three co-defendants.

McCabria said the investigation has revealed three of the defendants — all except for Musik —could be involved in gang-related activities. The defendants will next appear in court Oct. 26.

Comments

thewayne 3 years, 6 months ago

MM, chill dude, why are Topekans so angry? Bodes well given the situation but doesn't do much for your case.

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kthxbi 3 years, 6 months ago

if they outlaw Kettles, only the kettles will have pots.

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Madd_Mike 3 years, 6 months ago

The best example of the pot calling the kettle black is all the idiots who think the only people that commit crimes in lawrence are people who live elsewhere.

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thewayne 3 years, 6 months ago

"snob hill" says pot to kettle.

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Madd_Mike 3 years, 6 months ago

Topeka is full of idiots, I know, I live there. But so is Lawrence. According to you guys we all carry guns and throw up gang signs. There is a reason people call Lawrence "Snob Hill".

Last time I checked Lawrence has has murders, rapes, assults, etc all committed by it's own people as well as outsiders. I think I read about a rape today on campus, who's to blame for that one? What about the football players who decided to pull of an armed robbery?

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Bob Forer 3 years, 6 months ago

Time for new leadership in the DA's office. A gang related shooting by a bunch of budding sociopaths warrants zero tolerance. All should be charged with attempted second degree murder (the shooter as the principal) and the other three as accessories.. When a conspriacy is involved, the overt acts of one conspirator are chargeable against the co-conspirators unless they withdraw from the conspiracy prior to the overt act. The prosecutor can always decrease the charge downward in exchange for a guilty plea. But it's difficult to do the reverse, especially after they have been bound over for trial after preliminary hearing.

News travels, and bad news travels faster. Maximum sentences are the only way to deter others. When the bangers in Topeka hear that their hommie "D Money 'N Guns" and company got twenty years each, there's at least a change that their comrades-in-crime will think twice before coming to Lawrence to cap a "punk ass white boy" for a little coin. Conversely, most bangers will view a three to five year sentence as something they can tolerate "standing on their head."

As a former prosecutor I am familiar with McCabria He is a lightweight. Ultimately, however, the buck has to stop with Charlie Branson.

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slowplay 3 years, 6 months ago

“Any time you have somebody getting shot, we’re going to take it more seriously,” said James McCabria, assistant Douglas County district attorney.....

As opposed to not taking it seriously when you are only stabbed?

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Judgesmails 3 years, 6 months ago

not exactly the sharpest looking tools............geez

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rodentgirl16 3 years, 6 months ago

Judging by the look on young Rylie's face, she just doesn't grasp the seriousness of the situation. "Oh look at me! I'm on tv!" I'm sure her parents are so proud, assuming they aren't in prison too. See Rylie, the whole point is to be on television for something good like saving someone from a burning building, not at arraignment hearing at 18 years old.

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emu 3 years, 6 months ago

Wow. When I was a kid, Topeka was just state employees, since there wasn't any other reason to have a city there. Now it's Gangsta Central, also known as The 666. What the heck happened?

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cayenne1992 3 years, 6 months ago

These are the people who need to be deported.

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autie 3 years, 6 months ago

Just pityful.....such punk ass little kids running around with real guns and real bullets. Maybe they mommy and daddy could be parents of the year. Maybe we need some camps out in no where western Kansas for "re-education".

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Christine Anderson 3 years, 6 months ago

Scary, disgusting, and just plain sad. These four "look" like "babies". No, no, I'm in no way feeling sorry for the perps, but if they are out to waste their lives, they've got a damn good start.

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mysterion 3 years, 6 months ago

They actually have the names of the victims in the Topeka paper. Unfortunately, often we have to go there to get the full scoop on news here.

http://cjonline.com/news/local/2010-10-13/robbery_led_to_lawrence_shooting

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 3 years, 6 months ago

I'm guessing this isn't about drugs or money: it's about hair. Those boys were desperate, and wanted to relieve those men of their combs.

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PrettyTony 3 years, 6 months ago

I wonder how much money they got. Anyhow. Them two brothers bout to go DOWN. And watch...the two whitegirls will go FREE.

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lounger 3 years, 6 months ago

Good point jkanderson. They are just kids and they have thrown away part of a lifetime with this crime-Topeka is full of sad, angry peeps. Maybe its the fact that they are a government town. That factors into the hate in some cases.

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Lacy Mohler 3 years, 6 months ago

Makes you wonder if anyone ever gets arrested in Topeka. Does Lawrence police have to do all of Topeka's police work for them?

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Denny2009 3 years, 6 months ago

I know some people get upset when we blame Topeka for some of the violence that goes on in Lawrence, but can you blame us? Hopefully they get locked up for a substantial amount of time, behavior like this shouldn't be tolerated and they should not be allowed back on the street.

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SirReal 3 years, 6 months ago

sounded like they were referred to the robbers somehow as a hard drug dealer, and instead of scoring got robbed. Either way those four will never be welcome in Lawrence again, if they make it out of jail with their sanity in tact. The four ugly mugs are there for everyone to see. LOL!

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RoeDapple 3 years, 6 months ago

Here it comes folks . . . . . I . . . Blame . . . BUSH!!!!

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consumer1 3 years, 6 months ago

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eastside 3 years, 6 months ago

we need to put a wall between us and topeka, that city is terrible and has nothing to offer..

please keep your crime in your own city

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topeka52 3 years, 6 months ago

Question?CJ Online this morning has an article on this and said the two men who were arrested are from Lawrence and the twop women are from Topeka. Jusat trying to get the real facts.

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mdrndgtl 3 years, 6 months ago

Another Bush wrecking the world.

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puddleglum 3 years, 6 months ago

I can't believe someone would come down from happyland (topeka) and commit a crime against someone in this city. has this ever happened before?

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Confrontation 3 years, 6 months ago

Has anyone seen the victims' names listed anywhere? Just curious.

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chocolateplease 3 years, 6 months ago

What is it with criminals from Topeka coming to Lawrence? Why don't criminals from Overland Park (generally) come here? Why does it always seem to be Topeka?

So sad. You have these young people just throwing their lives into the toilet. I just wonder what it is that brought them to this. I truly hope they will clean up their sordid lives, whatever it takes.

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twobigones 3 years, 6 months ago

Na na na, na na na, hey hey...........goodbye!..............forever PLEASE!

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g_rock 3 years, 6 months ago

Looks like a crew of wanna be gang kids, not the real thing. Oh well, they will get schooled in the big house.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 6 months ago

What's it say on the side of the dude's neck?

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twobigones 3 years, 6 months ago

YA TOPEKA BREED AND BORN AND BURIED............great parents!!!!!

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eotw33 3 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like an attempted drug deal to me

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EarthaKitt 3 years, 6 months ago

Yes, DGL. I'm afraid you did. Yet oddly there was no mention of an "ugly stick" in earlier descriptions of the suspects.

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DGL 3 years, 6 months ago

Did I seriously just read "pistol whipped" in a newspaper?? lol. Did the suspect also pull out his piece and pop a cap? Awesome JW, awesome.

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