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Topeka woman, 19, charged with murder in killing of Lawrence man

July 19, 2013


Brittny M. Adams

Brittny M. Adams

Jonathan R. Rush

Jonathan R. Rush

A 19-year-old Topeka woman has been charged with murder in the shooting of a 51-year-old Lawrence man Wednesday. A Wichita man also arrested in the case is facing lesser charges, including aggravated assault.

Douglas County prosecutors charged Brittny M. Adams with second-degree murder today in Douglas County District Court, where she appeared via video from Douglas County Jail. Adams was arrested in Topeka Wednesday along with Jonathan R. Rush, 28, of Wichita, less than an hour after police found Gary Edens, 51, shot and killed at his home in the 600 block of Michigan St.

Edens' killer may have arrived at the home looking for someone else, said Susan Burris, Edens' common-law wife. She said Lawrence police told her the shooter was looking for a person associated with Edens' adult son, who was staying at the residence temporarily.

A neighbor who performed CPR on Edens said the man had been shot in the head. Edens was pronounced dead at Lawrence Memorial Hospital a short time after police responded to the shooting about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The owner of the residence, James Dunn, said Edens had lived there since January. Two sons, an adult and a child, were at home with Edens when he was killed, Dunn said.

There had not been a murder reported in Lawrence since 2008, a year that saw four murder cases in the city.

Douglas County Chief Judge Robert Fairchild set bond in Adams' case at $100,000. In addition to the murder charge in Douglas County, Adams also faces charges of theft and obstruction in Shawnee County in an unrelated case.

Rush, also appearing in court via video today, has been charged with aggravated assault, obstruction, and criminal possession of a firearm. Fairchild set bond in Rush's case at $75,000, partly because Rush has a criminal record in Shawnee County, where he was convicted of criminal possession of a firearm in 2005 and attempted robbery in 2007.

Both Adams and Rush are scheduled to appear in court again on July 29.


KansasPerson 8 months, 4 weeks ago

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James Minor 8 months, 4 weeks ago

So, she maybe stalked the person to his residence and upon meeting him face to face became threatened for her life and killed him. Sounds like she will be found not guilty of all charges.


LawrenceTownie 8 months, 4 weeks ago

I thought if a murder was committed during a crime, ALL people doing the crime would also be charged with murder. Why was Mr. Rush not also charged with murder? Both need to be put away for a long, long time to think about how they not only ruined their lives, but also the victim's family. The taxpayers will now be supporting the youngest son and also paying our prosecutor/judge to put the perpetrators away.


mk9992 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Have we not learned what happens when you overcharge. Casey Anthony George Zimmerman


none2 9 months ago

I'm curious how they come up with 1st vs 2nd degree murder? Doesn't going to a house specifically with a gun mean that it was intent to kill someone (thus 1st degree)?

To be honest, these two people aren't worthy of the oxygen they consume.


cheeseburger 9 months ago

Looks like she has an attitude - a bad one!


smitty 9 months ago

Who is the judge that set the bond? There is a public need to know since we vote in or out on judges.

WE are each of us responsible for the evil we may have prevented-James maineau-philosopher - Unitarian Minister


bearded_gnome 9 months ago

Bond in Adams' case has been set at $100,000. In addition to the murder charge in Douglas County, she also faces charges of theft and obstruction in Shawnee County in an unrelated case.

---her adult life is off to a great start. ... sad.


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