Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lawrence man, 27, faces trial for two attempted murder charges

June 6, 2012


A Douglas County judge Wednesday ordered a 27-year-old Lawrence man to face a trial on two attempted murder charges related to an April 1 shooting in northern Lawrence.

Prosecutors accuse William J. Verner of shooting Chebon Chibitty, 22, in the leg and missing when he tried to shoot at another man, Ryan Harjo, after an altercation with the two men early in the morning outside an apartment in the 1300 block of Michigan Way.

Harjo had testified last week he had chased Verner away from the area with an ax before the shooting. He said he was upset because he accused Verner of stealing $50 from his wife weeks earlier.

Prosecutors allege Verner drove by later about 3:30 a.m. and fired into a crowd missing Harjo and hitting Chibitty, a cousin of Harjo’s wife, in the leg. Harjo testified he provided prosecutors weeks later with a pair of jeans he said had bullet holes in them.

Defense attorney J.C. Gilroy argued Harjo’s jeans were not reliable evidence because attorneys had no way of knowing where the jeans had been for almost two months. He also said the evidence supported aggravated battery and not attempted murder charges.

Verner initially faced only one attempted second-degree murder charge for Chibitty’s injury, but Malone agreed with prosecutors to add a second attempted second-degree murder charge for allegedly firing at Harjo. Verner in addition faces a felon in possession of a firearm charge for a past conviction in Oklahoma.

Verner’s girlfriend also testified last week he told her that he shot a man who was swinging an ax at him. The trial is scheduled for Aug. 27.


ljwhirled 5 years, 11 months ago

$50. Really?

So We The People have to pay for detective work, a prosecutor, a defense attorney, a judge, a court reporter. Then we likely have to pay for a prison bed. I bet The People are out $50,000+ for this little incident. Maybe $100K or more.

What a bunch of social parasites. In the future, just make the money a gift, forgive the guy and move on.

The rest of us are sick of paying for your stupid "street cred".

Bob Forer 5 years, 11 months ago

" I bet The People are out $50,000+ for this little incident. Maybe $100K or more."

Try several hundred thousand. It costs almost 20K per year to house a prisoner in Kansas. If he gets 10 years the incarceration cost alone is $200,00. Then there is his court appointed trial attorney, and his court appointed appellate attorney once he is convicted. Not to mention the cost of the judiciary, prosecution, and law enforcement.

With interest and dividends, the $50 dis is transformed into a quarter of a million dollars, all at taxpayer expense.

dwendel 5 years, 11 months ago

Just remember that when it comes to government services for the poor, spending on police, courts and prisons (especially private, for-profit ones) is far better than spending on education, training, or socialist jobs programs.

somedude20 5 years, 11 months ago

Chebon Chibitty What a name! Sounds like a plateaubilly porn star

Mzz Meehwitdatmess 5 years, 11 months ago

Solomon your right!!! Porn star? Na, probly not...b glad it wasn't you he shot at....

NickBergin 5 years, 11 months ago

I disagree. I was standing roughly a foot from the man who was shot.. He recklessly shot into a crowd of six people, four of us having nothing to do with it whatsoever. We were flagged down walking home after the KU victory over Ohio State, and were told to watch for a man who had robbed people in the neighborhood. As he was being described to us, the car pulled up and the man began shooting. This being from roughly 15 feet away, so I'm thankful he was a bad shot, landing only one hit. He shouldn't see the light of day again. 6 people could have died.

justsayin0408 5 years, 11 months ago

I agree William Verner is being way overcharged... Only one person got shot and in the leg below the waist because of self defense.. you can't run at someone with a ax and think its okay... In the same sense he shouldn't have shot at them... But however I think it should b aggravated battery... He has kids just like 90% of everyone else and doesn't deserving several years in jail....!

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