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Prosecutors ask court to revoke diversion of man linked to 2009 fight involving KU players

April 13, 2011

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Douglas County prosecutors are asking a judge to revoke a diversion agreement of a 21-year-old man who was connected to a 2009 fight outside the Burge Union involving Kansas University basketball and football players.

David Melton, a chief assistant district attorney, alleged in a court filing last week that Guy M. Lipscomb has failed to complete anger management counseling. The counseling was one requirement of a September 2010 agreement he reached with prosecutors for diversion on two criminal threat charges he faced.

Lipscomb, who was not a KU student, was accused of threatening to get a gun and shoot two women outside Jayhawker Towers in a parking lot on Sept. 22, 2009. According to testimony at a October 2009 preliminary hearing, one victim, who was a member of the KU track team, said she saw Lipscomb at the fight outside the Burge Union about an hour earlier before he made the alleged threats.

KU basketball player Tyshawn Taylor injured his thumb in the Burge Union fight, and it was followed by a second altercation between members of the two teams the next morning outside Wescoe Hall, which garnered national attention.

District Judge Kay Huff has scheduled a May 3 hearing in Lipscomb’s case regarding the allegations. Prosecutors are asking her to revoke his diversion and set a trial date for the criminal threat charges.

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