Archive for Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jury trial begins for Topeka man accused of robbing Lawrence convenience store

January 18, 2011


Jurors began hearing evidence Tuesday afternoon during a trial for a 22-year-old Topeka man accused of robbing a Lawrence convenience store in August 2009.

Attorneys gave opening arguments Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Sedryck E. Welch, who authorities accuse of using a shotgun to rob a clerk at Conoco, 2447 W. Sixth St. on Aug. 3, 2009. Police had released store surveillance photos of a man with a gun that night.

After months of investigation, police arrested Welch, and he was charged with aggravated robbery in April 2010.

But defense attorney Sarah Swain questioned how Welch was identified as a suspect.

The trial is scheduled to last four days in District Judge Michael Malone’s courtroom.


Neomarxist123 6 years, 9 months ago

Having Sarah Swain as your attorney is like having Jack Kevorkian as your Doctor.

Good luck Sedryck.

kimk 6 years, 9 months ago

Having Sarah Swain as his attorney is the only positive Sedryck has going into this case. A young black male coming into this town and being accused of a crime by the LPD it's almost always a sure bet he's going to end up in KDOC whether he did it or not. I hope the jurors can look past his color and weigh the actual evidence, or lack there of, as in this case.

Linda Schwertfeger 6 years, 9 months ago

Why is it that Charles Branson only gets his panties in a bunch about cases when the defendant is a minority and from out of town? If the defendant was white and from lawrence in this case, it would have been dismissed long ago for lack of evidence.

kimk 6 years, 9 months ago

Absolutely agree with everything you have to say flamingo2253!

goodcountrypeople 6 years, 9 months ago

It's a wonderful life being one of the "suspect classes" in places like Lawrence, KS. You're a walking target for every form of ignorant discrimination on the planet. Even if prosecutors end up dismissing a case that was falsely and viciously brought for southern justice reasons in the first place they obviously lack the class to apologize. Instead,they'll use every unconstitutional trick in the book to leave you holding the sack.

kimk 6 years, 9 months ago

I would actually love to have an attorney like jack kevorkian!!! You know he's going to follow through with what he says he's going to do and do it well. No half a$$ing it. Those are the traits that I would love my attorney to have.

Bladerunner 6 years, 9 months ago

When you get busted in a neighboring city doing the same thing with a similar weapon, police and prosecutors might start looking at you as a suspect. But by all means, lets ignore the similar robberies this upstanding young man( cough cough) ***has already pled GUILTY to **in the past. Enjoy your group hug if it makes you feel better but I believe in punishing those who point a shotgun in the faces of convienence store clerks. This will add 10 to 18 years onto his sentence. :)

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