Archive for Friday, October 21, 2011

Victims testify about robberies last December in Lawrence

October 21, 2011


A Kansas University student and an alumnus testified Friday about being robbed on the same night last December.

“I saw he had a gun. It was in his left hand, I believe,” said KU student John Crowl, 21. “He was facing me, and so that kind of convicted me” to give the man his wallet.

Crowl said a man got out of a car and robbed him of his wallet late on Dec. 28, 2010, as Crowl was walking in an alley near the 300 block of West 12th Street.

The testimony came during a hearing for two Kansas City, Kan., men accused of participating in a crime spree in Lawrence.

One defendant in the case, Ashley C. Johnson, 21, also of Kansas City, Kan., testified Friday that Michael A. Howard, 20, robbed Crowl.

“He pointed the gun at the guy and told him to give him his wallet,” Johnson testified.

Johnson, who has received probation for conspiracy and misdemeanor theft convictions in the case, said she drove to Lawrence that night with Howard and Raymond C. Morgan, 27, planning to commit crimes to get money.

Douglas County prosecutors have also accused Howard of injuring a 23-year-old recent KU graduate and stealing her purse early Dec. 29.

The woman testified she was walking home around 1 a.m. near Ninth and Tennessee streets because she lived near the area, but she can’t recall anything beyond standing at a stoplight at the intersection. She said she woke up the next day in someone’s house near the area with injuries to her face and a gash on her head. Her purse and jacket were missing, she said.

Dr. Chris Jenson testified the woman suffered a concussion and fractures on the left side of her face.

District Judge Michael Malone is deciding whether Morgan and Howard should face a trial in the case.

In court on Friday, Howard’s defense attorney, Craig Stancliffe, raised questions about whether Crowl could identify either defendant in the courtroom as the person who robbed him.

“No, I could not be certain beyond a reasonable doubt based on their appearances that one of them is the person,” said Crowl, who also testified police never had him look at photos to try to identify a suspect.

Crowl did say he wrote down the license plate of the vehicle as it drove away and later provided the number to police.

At an earlier court appearance — before Stancliffe was appointed as his attorney — Howard said he believed someone else had used his name and fingerprints that night to implicate him and he alleged he’d never been to Lawrence until he was arrested.


kimk 6 years, 3 months ago

Wow! Yet another case where the white female gets probation while the DA's office does everything in their power to send the minority male codefendents to prison. When is this all white DA's office going to treat everyone equal under the law?

kernal 6 years, 3 months ago

I love Howard's statement that someone else used his name and fingerprints that night Good luck with that one, Craig!

ResQd 6 years, 3 months ago

Laughing! I also read that and it gave me my chuckle for the day.

Nonsense 6 years, 3 months ago

KimK - Sarah - no one listens to you....

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