Archive for Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Douglas County prosecutors charge man with attempted murder, attempted rape of wife; victim in serious condition

November 30, 2011, 10:48 a.m. Updated November 30, 2011, 4:40 p.m.


Douglas County prosecutors on Wednesday charged a 39-year-old Lawrence man with attempted murder and attempted rape in connection with a Tuesday stabbing in northern Lawrence.

District Attorney Charles Branson said Wednesday the man had a prior diagnosis for a mental health disorder and asked pro-tem judge James George to set bond at $500,000.

“Given the serious nature of the charges and given that prior situation, this would represent a danger to the community,” Branson said in court.

After the hearing, Branson said prosecutors and investigators think the incident occurred after the man had an argument with his wife at the home.

Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said the woman was listed in stable condition Wednesday morning at a Topeka hospital.

The man, who moved with the family back to Lawrence from Tonganoxie six months ago, was booked into jail Tuesday evening on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, police said, after officers were called to a possible stabbing at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of John Doy Court, near Peterson Road and Kasold Drive.

Branson in court accused the man of stabbing his wife with a knife and also trying to remove her clothes in an attempt to rape her.

In brief comments to the judge, the man appeared calm Wednesday.

“I’m not a danger to people, your honor,” he said.

Branson said the man had no prior criminal history, but George still agreed to set the man’s bond at $500,000 and ordered him not to have contact with his wife or return to the house if he gets out of jail.

The woman was taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka in serious condition after suffering apparent stab wounds.

George appointed defense attorney Courtney Henderson to represent the man, and his next hearing is scheduled for this afternoon in front of District Judge Paula Martin.

The Journal-World generally does not identify sex crime suspects unless they are convicted.


FlintlockRifle 6 years, 3 months ago

Dam,- this is close to home, better double up on load in ole flintlock--

ianchai 6 years, 3 months ago

It hits even closer for me. I'm a personal friend of the victim -- I went to KU at the same time as her sister did. Been praying for her. The good news is that she's out of intensive care now.

I didn't really know her husband, though. I left Lawrence over 20 years ago after I graduated from KU...

Tammie Bryant 6 years, 3 months ago

The booking recap says that he was arrested for 1st degree murder? HMMMMM

mandolinv 6 years, 3 months ago

Attempted-- she is in stable condition

NoOneSpecial 6 years, 3 months ago

First, the J-World wouldn't release the suspect's name because he had not been charged yet and now they won't release his name because he's a "sex crime suspect". (I've already looked it up on the Sheriff's website. That's not the point.)

But, it was okay for 6 News to zoom in on the victim's face as she was being rushed from the house to a waiting ambulance in "critical condition". It was broadcast on 6 News and their website less than three hours after the incident and I'm sure way before her whole family could be notified.

6 News, go ahead and video the scene if you want, but have some heart and don't zoom in on the victim. What if that was your daughter, sister or aunt? Show some respect!

In this case, the suspect is being shown more respect and privacy than the victim. Shame on you!

ljwhirled 6 years, 3 months ago

Channel 6 is no longer a World Company property. Can't blame the paper for the behavior of Knology. If you are a Knology customer you could, however, cancel your service and find another provider. I did.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 3 months ago

agree 100%!

no indication that NOS implied or stated that 6news and ljworld are still one.

yes, zooming in on a victim's face like that was very t poor.

edmclinn 6 years, 3 months ago

You got to love how the system gets people "help" by getting them to get an official mental health diagnosis (that the system riggs). And then uses it against a person later. Just saying think twice before ever falling into this systems trap, it is used all too often these days. I'm not commenting on this specific incident, but in general. People do not realize what harm having any sort of "official" diagnosis can do to ones life when the outcome is all too often controlled by the system.

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