Two teen suspects in Lawrence double shooting remain detained as court proceedings delayed
photo by: Sara Shepherd
Two Topeka teens charged with attempted murder and robbery in the shootings of two brothers at Holcom Park remain in law enforcement custody, even as their next court hearings have been delayed until June.
The teens had been scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court this week and next for scheduling hearings, but did not because the hearings were pushed back. Court records did not indicate why the hearings were delayed.
Judge Bethany Roberts, however, signed orders that both teens were to remain detained until their next court dates, according to court documents obtained by the Journal-World.
Benson J. Edwards Jr., 17, has his next hearing June 19.
Sahavione K. Caraway, 17, is now scheduled for court on June 17.
For now, both are charged as juveniles, though prosecutors have indicated they may move for them to be tried as adults.
Each is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting both brothers multiple times, plus two counts of aggravated robbery for allegedly stealing vaping cartridges and an iPhone from the victims, according to charging documents.
Edwards used a Tanfoglio Giuseppe .32 model handgun to commit the crimes, the complaint alleges. Edwards additionally is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, also a felony.
Edwards’ criminal history in Douglas County includes a juvenile felony conviction for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, court records show.
Caraway allegedly used a Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 model gun, according to the complaint against him. That’s an assault-style rifle, according to features and photos of the model on the Smith & Wesson website.
The shootings were reported just before 4 p.m. March 29 at Holcom Park, located at 27th Street and Lawrence Avenue in southwest Lawrence. The crime scene was the parking lot at the park’s entrance on Lawrence Avenue.
The shootings injured 18-year-old Ulises Rojo and his 16-year-old brother Daniel Rojo, both Lawrence High School students. According to an update posted in recent weeks on a fundraising page for their medical expenses, gofundme.com/the-road-to-recovery-for-the-rojo-family, both brothers were home from the hospital and “recovering well.”