Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2011

Police release name of man found dead in Lawrence hotel room, say he died after fight with female acquaintance

July 7, 2011


Lawrence police said a 52-year-old Lawrence man found dead at a Lawrence hotel Tuesday died from injuries suffered in a domestic incident with a female acquaintance earlier in the day.

Late Thursday afternoon, police identified the man as Donald E. Wiggins.

Sgt. Matt Sarna, a police spokesman, said a 42-year-old Lawrence woman also was hurt during the fight. Sarna would not say where or what time the altercation occurred.

Police were called at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday to the Howard Johnson Hotel, 2222 W. Sixth St., after someone found Wiggins unresponsive.

After Wiggins’ body was discovered, officers located the woman, Sarna said. He said police were not called to the earlier altercation between the two and, when she was found, the woman declined medical attention.

The woman has not been arrested pending further investigation, Sarna said Thursday, and he said details would eventually be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for a decision about any formal charges.

“Detectives from the Lawrence Police Department are working closely with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office and the Douglas County Coroner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death,” Sarna said.

Officers are also still interviewing potential witnesses and asked anyone with information to call police at 785-832-7650 or Douglas County Crime Stoppers at 785-843-TIPS (8477).

In a somewhat similar case in March 2010, Douglas County prosecutors ultimately decided not to file charges against a 36-year-old man who was arrested after officers found 46-year-old Douglas Fleming dead at his Old West Lawrence home. Fleming and the man were involved in a fight two days earlier, and Fleming died from a head injury, police said.

District Attorney Charles Branson said after reviewing the case there were insufficient facts to establish probable cause that a crime occurred. The 36-year-old man had told officers he was attacked by Fleming and had defended himself.


Benjamin Roberts 6 years, 9 months ago

The Topeka Capital-Journal has a quote that is relevant:

"It appears at this time that Wiggins and a female acquaintance were involved in a domestic dispute earlier in the day and Wiggins later died as a result of injuries sustained during that altercation," Sarna said.

George Diepenbrock 6 years, 9 months ago

This is the same information included in our story. It's just used in a direct quote.

George Diepenbrock Reporter Lawrence Journal-World 785-832-7144

Shane Garrett 6 years, 9 months ago

Wow, I think I may have known that guy from years back. If it is the same Wiggins, he survived cancer as a young man. This is sad.

tonytman 6 years, 9 months ago

how about telling use were wiggins is from was he agraduate of lawrence high or what come on LJW do some more reseach and make it complete .

jimroberts 6 years, 9 months ago

If your use of grammar is indicative of your reading comprehension, there is no amount of information in a story that help you.

Chelsea Kapfer 6 years, 9 months ago

That's just mean. Why would you say something just to hurt someone?

jimroberts 6 years, 9 months ago

If your use of grammar is indicative of your reading comprehension, there is no amount of information in a story that could help you.

Jock Navels 6 years, 9 months ago

He said, "I want some o' them cookies." She reeled at the improper usage, and swung back with a heavy dangling modifier, "Leave my cookies alone, stinking like a dead cat." Stunned, he fell to the floor, dead.

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