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Bond increased for suspect in domestic-violence killing


Judge Jack Murphy increased the bond from $60,000 to $300,000 this afternoon for a Lawrence man charged with fatally beating his girlfriend last week at Gaslight Village mobile-home park, 1900 W. 31st St.Christopher Belone, 35, is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Linda Begay, who was pronounced dead Tuesday at Stormont-Vail in Topeka after being beaten Saturday afternoon. Belone's defense attorney, Greg Robinson, has requested a second autopsy on Begay, which will be conducted later this week.Other crime-related news from today's police briefing:¢ Police arrested 24-year-old Jonathan William Payne of Kansas City, Kan. for criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, and carrying a knife near a bar around 11:30 p.m. Saturday after he refused to leave Last Call, 729 N.H., according to a report. ¢ Gunshots reported: Lawrence Police took two reports of gunshots being fired early Sunday morning- one about 1:15 a.m. in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane, and another two hours later at Conoco, 1030 N. 3rd St. - but witnesses weren't able to identify a suspect in either case. ¢ A 26-year-old man went to the hospital with possible broken bones after being punched in a fight early Saturday morning in the 1500 block of Legends Trail.Thefts:¢ 300 block of Glenview Drive: A 58-year-old woman told police someone entered her home while she was sleeping between non and 1:30 p.m. Friday and stole $300 cash.¢ 3400 Iowa St.: 20 chrome lug nuts, two chrome wheels, and two tires were stolen from Crown Chevrolet between 7:45 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday. ¢ 3300 Iowa St.: A 57-year-old Wellsville man's 2005 Ford Mustang, valued at $20,000, was stolen between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday-contributed by [Eric Weslander.][1] [1]: http://www2.ljworld.com/staff/eric_weslander


acg 11 years, 9 months ago

Unfortunately, the newer Mustangs are priced around $20,000 to $25,000, even if they are plastic crap.

GardenMomma 11 years, 9 months ago

Perhaps if Christopher Belone's bail was raised prior to THIS charge, Linda Begay might still be alive and her kindergarten-aged son might still have his mother.

It saddens and sickens me that this man had such a history of domestic violence and nothing was done to get this woman and her family the help they so obviously needed.

It is much more than the woman (or victim as men can be abused as well) asking for and seeking help. Lots of times the victim has no idea where to begin to get help.

The court system saw this man come and go many times on similar charges and still nothing was done. Now a person is dead and a child is motherless. How very sad.

Sigmund 11 years, 9 months ago

Women who depend on the Courts and law enforcement to solve their domestic relationship issues are likely to be disappointed. The Courts are there to punish past behaviour and not really set up to prevent future behaviour.

The fact is this woman kept taking him back just like the court kept letting him out after he was punished. Had she asked for a no contact order she would have gotten it. If she got one she still was having contact. It is somewhat unfortuneate that those women who do kick their abusers out and are not abused again don't make the papers. It misleads women into thinking that the Courts and system can or will solve the problem when in reality it is the women themselfs that have the best chance of solving the problem.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 9 months ago

lug nuts stolen again! I think we need to get an FBI profiler, psychic, and search dogs! when will this crime wave stop? OH THE INHUMANITY!

Sigmund 11 years, 9 months ago

Stealing lug nuts is a prerequisite to stealing wheels and tires. When they only get lug nuts it means they were interrupted or scared away before they could get the wheels and tires as well.

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