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Jurors begin deliberations in trial of man accused of injuring Lawrence police officer

May 19, 2011


A Douglas County jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon in the case of a 20-year-old Lawrence man accused of punching and injuring Lawrence police officer Jonathon Evinger during a February incident near 26th and Iowa streets.

David Melton, a chief assistant district attorney, on Thursday accused Louis Galloway Jr. of throwing a “haymaker” punch and striking Evinger in the left eye around 5 a.m. Feb. 26. Evinger has not been able to return to regular patrol duty because of the injury affecting his vision.

Defense attorney Michael Clarke argued to jurors there was not enough evidence for them to determine that Galloway intentionally struck Evinger.

Prosecutors are asking jurors to convict Galloway of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer for Evinger’s injuries and misdemeanors including assault and battery on another Lawrence officer, Stephen Ramsdell.

The officers were trying to arrest Galloway for driving with a suspended license, but Galloway disputed he was driving.

Melton on Thursday played a grainy and dark video recorded from Ramsdell’s dashboard camera in which an officer identified as Evinger can be seen falling down briefly and then later getting up to help Ramsdell try to subdue Galloway and his brother, who Evinger sprayed with pepper spray.

On the video Evinger later falls to the ground again. Doctors said he suffered a concussion as well.

Ramsdell said Galloway can be heard yelling at the officers on the video. Jurors began deliberating at 4:15 p.m. Thursday before deciding to go home for the evening, and they will resume deliberating today.


Paula Kissinger 6 years, 5 months ago

"Defense attorney Michael Clarke argued to jurors there was not enough evidence for them to determine that Galloway intentionally struck Evinger."

Mr. Clarke should explain how it is that the officer was accidentally or unintentionally struck by someone who was yelling at the officers or how the officer just fell down twice because he is clumsy. Yeah !

Amy Heeter 6 years, 5 months ago

The same defense worked for Dustin walker in not one but two shootings. Tho might be the popular defense.

somebodynew 6 years, 5 months ago

Arti - while I agree with your sentiment, there is one big difference. In Dustin's case the DA had to rely on "witnesses" who forgot or changed their story. No such problem here and at least some of it is on video. At least I am hoping that makes a difference, cause he does not need to be out of jail for a loooonnnnnggggg time.

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 5 months ago

Get this idiot off the street. He's a creer criminal, just like his father..

puddleglum 6 years, 5 months ago

man, I wouldn't want to be a galloway.

somedude20 6 years, 5 months ago

safe to say that God will not be taking him upstairs tomorrow..... "Some things in life are bad They can really make you mad Other things just make you swear and curse. When you're chewing on life's gristle Don't grumble, give a whistle And this'll help things turn out for the best..."

sr80 6 years, 5 months ago

I don't think the Prez is going to invite you to the WH, Common has got the poetry gig down !!!

Cimmy Redmond 6 years, 5 months ago

The article doesn't specify, but I'm assuming the aggravated battery charge is a felony; anyone know for certain?

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