Mistrial declared in alleged robbery, shooting at Lawrence’s Parnell Park

Michael A. Hormell

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case of a man accused in a January 2018 shooting at Lawrence’s Parnell Park.

Michael A. Hormell, 20, is charged in connection with an alleged robbery attempt that resulted in a 17-year-old being shot and flown to a hospital in critical condition. The teen later stabilized.

The case had been scheduled for a jury trial Monday through Friday of this week, but “the jury panel was sworn before objections could be heard and the entire panel was dismissed by the judge,” Dorothy Kliem, trial assistant with the Douglas County district attorney’s office, said via email Wednesday.

The shooting happened around 5 p.m. Jan. 26, 2018, at Parnell Park, 901 E. 15th St. According to the police affidavit in the case, Hormell and his then-girlfriend, Ardyn D. Pannell, set up a drug buy with plans to rob the seller. However, the seller fought back and Hormell shot him, the affidavit alleges.

Hormell’s charges include one count each of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, all felonies. He is also charged with misdemeanor theft.

Another jury trial is scheduled for the week of Dec. 2, Kliem said.

Pannell, now 19, pleaded no contest Jan. 24 to two felonies, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, the Journal-World has reported. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15.


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