Jurors on Wednesday began hearing evidence in the trial of an 18-year-old Lawrence man accused of planning and taking part in a June robbery of a Kansas University student in Oread Neighborhood.
During his opening statement Wednesday afternoon, Mark Simpson, an assistant Douglas County district attorney, accused defendant Jermel Fleming of wearing a mask the night of June 20 and taking a sawed-off shotgun into an apartment in the 900 block of Tennessee Street.
Simpson said witnesses will testify four men entered the apartment that night, and after the resident was struck in the face he was held at gunpoint as the men took electronics, cash and a small amount of marijuana.
Prosecutors told jurors the other co-defendants in the case have either entered pleas or received immunity and plan to testify that Fleming orchestrated the robbery because he had an associate ask the alleged victim if he could buy marijuana from him that night.
Fleming faces five counts including aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. His attorneys on Wednesday reserved the right to make an opening statement once prosecutors finish presenting their case.