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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

DGL 4 years, 2 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.

geekin_topekan 4 years, 2 months ago

I believe "Gat" is the correct terminology.

EarthaKitt 4 years, 2 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.

eotw33 4 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like an attempted drug deal to me

fester0420 4 years, 2 months ago

if it was a drug deal they would not have needed the girls to distract them, in fact they would have probably would have left them at home

Casey_Jones 4 years, 2 months ago

Maybe they needed the girls to find out where the drugs/money were. That's not the type thing you go around telling everybody.

ksjayhawk74 4 years, 2 months ago

To me it sounds like the 2 girls got themselves invited to the apartment to "hang out". The plan being to have their boyfriends jump in and rob him... What could go wrong with that?

Flap Doodle 4 years, 2 months ago

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

fester0420 4 years, 2 months ago

wow. even an article that has nothing to do with Obama and you still gotta bring him in. are you really threatened that much by a black man in the white house.

whats_going_on 4 years, 2 months ago

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ksjayhawk74 4 years, 2 months ago

What is interesting about your argument points is that none of them are true.

"...they would have free food, free health care and even "free gas""

Where did you even come up with that? Also, how did "he" take away "their" jobs?

Jayhawk_N_Denver 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm not sure about the free food/health care/gas portion of the statement, but I can attest to the jobs being taken away. Part of the Health Care Reform included Student Loan reform. Ask individuals working for Sallie Mae, Wells Fargo Student Loans, Nelnet, etc and ask how much they had to downsize because they can no longer offer Federal Stafford Loans. All college students receiving Federal Stafford Loans must now go through Direct Loan Servicing (direct lender for the Dept. of Ed) if they want their Financial Aid. I'm not saying intentions weren't well placed when the bill was signed, but I know several thousand employees were laid off.

somedude20 4 years, 2 months ago

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phoggyjay 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm surprised you know how to write, because you obviously can't read.

pace 4 years, 2 months ago

looks like you lie, now maybe the topic will be all about your craziness and not about the victim or the perps. Lying is just lying. You spin it, still you are just lying.

pizzapete 4 years, 2 months ago

Keith, you have a good eye, too funny!

somebodynew 4 years, 2 months ago

And just what difference does it make if they are "wanna be" (no such thing) or REAL gangsters (in your mind)??? I bet the guy that got shot doesn't really care, or the guy that got pistol whipped.

Thugs are thugs and if THEY think they are a gang, they are.

Bob Forer 4 years, 2 months ago

You know nothing about gangs. New is right. There is no such thing as a wannabe. Don't let the baby faces fool you. The rampant poverty, neglect and violence of our inner cities is breeding a slew of teenage sociopaths.

chocolateplease 4 years, 2 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.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 2 months ago

Overland Park criminals are generally bankers or lawyers who are raping your savings and equity interests. We allow them to do so openly and happily.

bd 4 years, 2 months ago

Because all of the good drugs are in Lawrence!

Confrontation 4 years, 2 months ago

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

puddleglum 4 years, 2 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?

fester0420 4 years, 2 months ago

almost as much as some one from here goes there and commits a crime

somedude20 4 years, 2 months ago

someone as pretty as you must be getting sick after looking at those ugly ugly people but I bet even your vomit is pretty.

topeka52 4 years, 2 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.

kernal 4 years, 2 months ago

cjonline has corrected their article showing the two men are Topekans.

eastside 4 years, 2 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

Stuart Evans 4 years, 2 months ago

and when we find a Topekan here, we put them in a catapult and launch them back towards home.

RoeDapple 4 years, 2 months ago

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

ksjayhawk74 4 years, 2 months ago

I blame the Muslim apologist lame stream media.

SirReal 4 years, 2 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!

Denny2009 4 years, 2 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.

Lacy Mohler 4 years, 2 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?

lounger 4 years, 2 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.

PrettyTony 4 years, 2 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.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 2 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.

mysterion 4 years, 2 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

Christine Anderson 4 years, 2 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.

cayenne1992 4 years, 2 months ago

These are the people who need to be deported.

emu 4 years, 2 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?

Danielle Brunin 4 years, 2 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.

Judgesmails 4 years, 2 months ago

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

slowplay 4 years, 2 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?

Moderateguy 4 years, 2 months ago

I completely agree. This has to be the most idiotic but telling quote I have ever heard from our DA's office. Wow... Just Wow....

Can somebody PLEASE throw their hat into the ring so we can vote out Branson?? PLEASE!!!!

Bob Forer 4 years, 2 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.

redneck 4 years, 2 months ago

Attempted second degree murder sounds more like like it!

redneck 4 years, 2 months ago

I never said I could type perfect. lol

femmefatale 4 years, 2 months ago

the victims where mexican. Not "punk ass white boy's."

Madd_Mike 4 years, 2 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?

OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 2 months ago

Do the math, Mike. Nearly EVERY serious crime committed in Lawrence this past week was at the hands of Topekans (in cases where we know the perps). Yes, we do have criminals, but if we put up a "moat" as some have called for, our crime rate would be cut in half.

We aren't making this up. It's easy to investigate just by reading this site for about a month: half of our violent/serious crimes come from Topekans.

redneck 4 years, 2 months ago

What does bashing Topeka do for anybody? I live here only because of my job. Some people in this town have to put other communities down, I guess to feel better about themselves. Why can't you just feel lucky to live in a nice place like Lawrence, without putting other cities down? I am so sick of the arrogance of some people in this town!

kthxbi 4 years, 2 months ago

I though the pot called the kettle black? And that is in no way a rasist statment.

kthxbi 4 years, 2 months ago

Now I am embarrassed by my spelling. Racist.

thewayne 4 years, 2 months ago

And the hand banana says, do do do do da da do da do do da da dooooo.

Madd_Mike 4 years, 2 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.

kthxbi 4 years, 2 months ago

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

thewayne 4 years, 2 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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