Archive for Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Judge seals affidavit in Lawrence motel murder case

Lawrence Police Department officers investigate a fatal Saturday night shooting at Motel 6 in North Lawrence, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

Lawrence Police Department officers investigate a fatal Saturday night shooting at Motel 6 in North Lawrence, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

September 26, 2017


A judge has sealed the affidavit supporting the arrest of a murder suspect in this month’s fatal shooting at a North Lawrence motel.

“The release of the affidavit would interfere with a prospective law enforcement action, criminal investigation or prosecution and could jeopardize the safety or well-being of a victim or witness,” Douglas County District Court Judge Sally Pokorny wrote, in an order provided to the Journal-World on Tuesday.

Pokorny’s order calls for the affidavit to remain sealed “until such later time when the factors … no longer apply.”

Two men have been charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in connection with the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Cameron Hooks, of Lenexa, on Sept. 2 at Motel 6, 1130 N. Third St. Two others were shot in the incident but survived.

The Journal-World had requested the affidavit prepared by police in support of the arrest of the first suspect to be charged, Tyrone J. Carvin, 19, of Kansas City, Kan.

The newspaper also has requested the affidavit for the arrest of the second suspect charged so far, Shawn K. Smith, 18, of Kansas City, Mo. Smith’s case also is assigned to Pokorny’s courtroom. The Journal-World has not yet received a response on whether that affidavit will be released.

In past court hearings, prosecutors have indicated there are one or more co-defendants who have yet to be arrested in the case.

Charges allege that Carvin "or another" and Smith killed Hooks in the commission or attempted commission of armed robbery, a "dangerous felony."

Lawrence police have not released further details about the incident or the circumstances leading to the men's arrests, citing their ongoing investigation.

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Stacy Napier 3 months, 3 weeks ago

This paper kills me. Someone has some info and we did not get it. That is about 50% of their stories.

Who really cares what's in the this affidavit? And since you didn't get it and learned nothing why is this even a story? You just needed to turn in something for print? How for tomorrow's story you write how you spent your day and couldn't find anything to write about.

Mike Riner 3 months, 3 weeks ago

They just want to whine, because some believe they have a right to know everything, about everyone! The lame excuse that "the people have a right to know"......isn't always true.

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