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Trial ordered for rural Valley Falls man accused of shooting neighboring landowner

February 28, 2012

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A Jefferson County judge has ordered a trial for a 62-year-old rural Valley Falls man accused of shooting another man during a dispute in December.

Originally, John Hayworth Jr. was charged with attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of William Schoonover, 58, also of rural Valley Falls.

During a preliminary hearing Monday for John Hayworth Jr., Jefferson County Attorney Jason Belveal asked that he stand trial on an attempted first-degree murder charge because he alleges that the shooting was premeditated.

Prosecutors allege that the men, who own adjoining land about 40 miles northwest of Lawrence, had an ongoing dispute that became heated by a disagreement over cattle getting through a fence. Hayworth is accused of shooting Schoonover with a handgun on Dec. 4. Schoonover was taken to a Topeka hospital, but authorities have said he was recovering from his injuries.

Belveal said prosecutors have charged Hayworth’s wife, Bernadine Hayworth, with aggravated battery and obstructing the investigation. The Hayworths will be arraigned March 22.

Comments

loudmouthrealist 2 years, 10 months ago

I am curious if one can find out if an individual (such as the shooter above) is a CC permit holder? Anyone know?

Steve Swaggerty 2 years, 10 months ago

What possible difference does it make? It happened on a farm out in the country!!

loudmouthrealist 2 years, 10 months ago

Did not mean my previous post to become so long winded but let me restate my question.

Does anyone know of a site for statistics on crimes prevented or crimes committed or accidents involving CC permit holders. Or a site to find out if someone charged with a crime is a CC permit holder?

Hedge 2 years, 10 months ago

1st) Law enforcement is not allowed, by law, to identify CC holders.

2nd) CC permit is not required to own a handgun. CC is permitted without any license if on your own property or place of business.

3rd) True. So any attempt to show the good or the bad is impossible using available statistical data.

4th) I believe that most people know when their lives are being threatened.

5th) Self defense shootings almost always occur inside of 10 yards. Largest percentage is 3 to 5 yards. A 30 yard shot is not self defense. Point is moot.

6th) Same could be argued for someone using a car to run someone over. Should we outlaw cars? There is no statistical data to show that CC holders have any higher incidence rates for mental illness. This argument is perhaps the weakest one of all.

Jstanobservation 2 years, 10 months ago

I believe in an earlier news release it stated that he did have a permit,but that really does not change the situation.

Hedge 2 years, 10 months ago

1st) Law enforcement is not allowed, by law, to identify CC holders.

2nd) CC permit is not required to own a handgun. CC is permitted without any license if on your own property or place of business.

3rd) True. So any attempt to show the good or the bad is impossible using available statistical data.

4th) I believe that most people know when their lives are being threatened.

5th) Self defense shootings almost always occur inside of 10 yards. Largest percentage is 3 to 5 yards. A 30 yard shot is not self defense. Point is moot.

6th) Same could be argued for someone using a car to run someone over. Should we outlaw cars? There is no statistical data to show that CC holders have any higher incidence rates for mental illness. This argument is perhaps the weakest one of all.

paladin 2 years, 10 months ago

The accused was licensed and has been since licensing began. He is also a federally licensed dealer. I don't think that says anything about anything, its just a statement of fact.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 10 months ago

It says that he really likes his guns. But that doesn't mean that everyone who likes guns will attempt to murder his neighbor.

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