One of 2 teens charged in Lawrence double shooting booked into adult jail on 18th birthday

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Benson J. Edwards Jr., pictured in December 2019

Updated to add booking photo from Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 10:38 a.m. Monday:

One of two teenage suspects charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with a March shooting at Lawrence’s Holcom Park has been booked into the Douglas County Jail.

Benson J. Edwards Jr., of Topeka, turned 18 on Sunday, jail records show. He was arrested on a warrant at Douglas County Youth Services early Sunday morning and booked into the Douglas County Jail.

He and 17-year-old Sahavione K. Caraway were arrested after a shooting seriously injured two Lawrence brothers, ages 18 and 16 at the time, the Journal-World has reported. In addition to two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, they are both charged with two counts of aggravated robbery for allegedly stealing vaping cartridges and an iPhone from the victims, according to charging documents.

photo by: Sara Shepherd

Lawrence police investigate at the scene of a double shooting on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Holcom Park, in the parking lot at 26th Street and Lawrence Avenue.

Edwards allegedly used a .32-caliber Tanfoglio Giuseppe handgun in the incident, according to the charging document in his case. He is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Douglas County District Court Chief Judge Peggy Kittel was expected to issue a written ruling on whether Edwards and Caraway would be charged as adults, as prosecutors have requested. As of Sunday, that ruling had not yet been filed, according to court records.

Caraway will turn 18 in January. Both have remained in custody since their arrests shortly after the March 29 shooting, their court files indicate.

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