Archive for Friday, March 14, 2014

21-year-old charged with attempted murder in Lawrence throat stabbing; victim released from hospital

March 14, 2014, 3:57 p.m. Updated March 14, 2014, 5:31 p.m.


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The Lawrence Community Shelter kitchen manager who was stabbed in the throat Thursday and treated for life-threatening injuries was released from a Kansas City-area trauma center Friday and even returned to the shelter on his way home, according to the shelter’s director.

Also Friday, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office charged a 21-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing. Christopher Jamond George McKay appeared via video conference from Douglas County Jail to hear the charge, and a judge set his bond at $750,000. McKay’s next court appearance is March 25.

McKay is accused of stabbing Robert Shaner, 46, in the throat Thursday afternoon during a dispute inside the shelter’s dining hall. The shelter’s director, Loring Henderson, said McKay allegedly picked up a paring knife that was in the dining area and stabbed Shaner.

Henderson said a clear picture of what caused the stabbing had not yet emerged, only that the incident came as a surprise.

“He was not seen as violent,” Henderson said of McKay, adding that he had a likable side but was a “hard kid to get through to.”

Depending on his criminal history, McKay could face more than 54 years in prison if convicted. The state requested a $750,000 bond because it believed McKay posed a community safety risk and because he had no known acquaintances in Douglas County.

Henderson said Shaner visited the shelter to thank those who intervened on Thursday and others who wished him well.

Although the incident didn’t occur during dining hours, Henderson said enough people were present to restrain McKay because the dining area also serves as a walk-through area many use on their way in and out of the building.

“We really had some heroes,” he said.


Tom Hilger 4 years, 2 months ago

I want to read this article but I first have to answer 2 questions, yesterday I answered 7 question and was told I would not have to answer anymore for 7 days. What's up with that LJW? I'm also a print subscriber and I can't believe how many hoops I have to jump through to read your newspaper.

Richard Ballard 4 years, 2 months ago

Hi Tom! Me too!

Try staying signed on and they may or may not keep asking you questions.

Works on my PC, but not on my new iPad after yesterday?

Don't know why, but I never had to jump through the hoops with the iPad until yesterday's OS 7.2 software update

Now, every other click is another question puzzlement.

And most all of the questions have nothing to do with my buying habits, or my 70 year old lifestyle,.

It is infuriating after paying for a real paper I didn't even get once last week!

Richard Ballard

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 2 months ago

People, people! There is a contact number which is the proper place to make such complaints. If you go that route you will get a answer to your questions.

I am curious as to why McKay came to Lawrence when he doesn't even have an acquaintance in Douglas County. It seems to be that the acts of violence that have been reported in this paper have been from individuals losing their temper and reacting by punching, stabbing or shooting.

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