Court sets $1 million bond for Lawrence man accused of murder

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Johnathon L. West

A Douglas County District Court judge has set a $1 million bond for a Lawrence man who is accused of murder.

Johnathon Lee West, 43, made his first appearance in court this week for a second-degree murder charge where the court set the cash or surety bond, Deputy District Attorney Joshua Seiden told the Journal-World. The court also appointed attorney Hatem Chahine to represent him. West remains in the Douglas County Jail, and his next court date is Tuesday.

The murder charge stems from the death of Jennifer Mosby, a 41-year-old Lawrence woman who was found dead in her home in January. Lawrence police announced the homicide investigation in a news release on Jan. 28, but little new information has been available about the case since.

West, who had been in custody of Shawnee County since Jan. 25, was transferred to Douglas County and booked into the jail on Feb. 12, according to jail records.

According to the Jan. 28 news release, Topeka police learned during an unrelated investigation that a Lawrence man may have been involved in a homicide in Lawrence earlier that week. Lawrence police received that information and found Mosby in her home in the 800 block of Kentucky Street on Jan. 27, the Journal-World previously reported. Police have not released the manner of Mosby’s death.

The Journal-World has requested a copy of the arrest affidavit filed in the case, but it had not received it as of Thursday morning.

Related coverage:

• Jan. 28, 2021 — Homicide reported in Lawrence; suspect in custody, police say

• Feb. 2, 2021 — Slain Lawrence woman was mother of 5, animal lover; police, prosecutors provide no new information

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