Archive for Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Drug case against Guy Neighbors dropped

November 29, 2011


A federal judge in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday dismissed a drug case against Guy Neighbors, a former owner of the Yellow House Store in Lawrence, but the judge declined to dismiss two other cases Neighbors faces.

U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia granted a request from Neighbors’ defense attorney Gary Hart to dismiss the 2007 drug case with prejudice — meaning it can’t be re-filed — and ruled the government violated the defendant’s right to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment and violations of the Speedy Trial Act. Prosecutors had accused Neighbors of cultivating marijuana at his west Lawrence home after Lawrence police discovered a plant while searching the home as part of a stolen goods investigation.

Murguia denied the same speedy trial motion in two other cases Neighbors faces in which he’s accused of conspiring to sell stolen goods on the Internet from the former store, 1904 Mass., and a separate obstruction case.

Murguia in September ordered Neighbors, 53, to be released from custody after the judge declared him mentally competent to stand trial. Murguia in 2009 had found Neighbors incompetent to assist in his defense, which created a major delay in the case. In January his wife Carrie Neighbors, 50, was sentenced to serve eight years in prison after a jury convicted her in the stolen goods case.

Guy Neighbors is next due in court on Dec. 6.


frank mcguinness 6 years, 4 months ago

He deserves it. The courts give people who kill innocent people while driving drunk and then flee less time then they give this couple.

puddleglum 6 years, 4 months ago

obstruction from smitty....when will they go after the police dept nd other peoples with black helicopters?

Amy Heeter 6 years, 4 months ago

Little consolation considering the house has been sold as well as the loss of the store a.d contents. The pot plants were do important in the beginning, go figure.

pace 6 years, 4 months ago

I would love a break down on how much budget the city, state and feds have spent on this. I wish there was special attention to thefts, not just this case but on the totally unsolvable ones like car, home burglaries, car break ins. If you call one in. ALWAYS ask for a report number or case number, other wise they just consider the phone call a shooting the breeze kind of thing, not a report of a crime, which would have to go into a record. I have dreams. I like the additional map of crimes but I would like to see it on a monthly breakdown, because I want to see the number and location of all car thefts in my town.

bopro 6 years, 4 months ago

Hang in there Guy if you have not do not to forget to trust God. There are a lot of us praying for you and your family. We have all fallen short in life but God is ready to forgive and will never leave us or forsake us.

gl0ckUser 6 years, 4 months ago

This is what happens when you have a business in lawrence and you don't pay city council members pocket money each month........

jemerson_58 6 years, 4 months ago

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