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25 years ago: Man found guilty in local shooting death

September 27, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 27, 1986:

After 10 1/2 hours of deliberation, a jury at the Douglas County District Court found a Lawrence man guilty of voluntary manslaughter in a May 31 shooting death in Centennial Park. The trial had been the first murder trial of the year for the city.

It was close to a record-breaking semester at Kansas University in the enrollment of students from other countries. Clark Coan, KU's associate dean of student life and director of the Office of Foreign Student Services, said that 1,777 students from 101 countries were enrolled at KU. As in the previous year, Malaysians were the largest single group of foreign students at KU, with 205 students enrolled. Taiwan followed with 129 students. Coan pointed out other changes in the past five years due to international conditions. For example, Venezuelans had been one of the largest student groups in 1981, with 153 students at KU. Their country's recent economic problems had led to a 1986 enrollment of only 38 students. In contrast, China's enrollment had increased from nine students in 1981 to 97 in 1986.

Comments

Paula Kissinger 3 years, 3 months ago

And there is no mention of the guilty individual's name ???

somebodynew 3 years, 3 months ago

If memory served me correctly (and that is a big If), I think think the last name was Gensler. But there may have been more than one involved so I am not positive on that.

Sarah St. John 3 years, 3 months ago

I beg your pardon, PBG'ma. I thought the embedded link had the name, but I wasn't remembering it correctly. Yes, the victim's name was Russell Gensler.

Here's an interesting follow-up (not written by me) from about seven years ago:

And another from 2008:

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/jan/07/new_jail_program_could_ease_transition_life_outsid/?city_local

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