Lawrence man formally charged with attempted first-degree murder in shooting at The Outhouse

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

The Outhouse, 1837 North 1500 Road, is pictured Jan. 14, 2022.

A Lawrence man has been formally charged with attempted murder for a shooting that occurred outside of a nightclub in rural Douglas County on New Year’s Day.

Daequan Jermaine Rayton, 24, was recently charged with attempted first-degree murder, a level-one felony, for allegedly shooting a man with intent to murder, according to a charging document provided to the Journal-World on Thursday.

If convicted, Rayton would be facing a minimum of a little more than 12 years in prison, according to the state sentencing guidelines.

Rayton was originally apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service on Jan. 14. He was transferred to the Douglas County Jail, where he was booked around 12:45 a.m. on suspicion of aggravated battery and attempted first-degree murder.

As the Journal-World previously reported, sheriff’s deputies received a report about 3:15 a.m. Jan. 1 of a shooting at The Outhouse in the 1800 block of North 1500 Road. Spokesman George Diepenbrock said the sheriff’s office suspected that a man was shot during an altercation in The Outhouse parking lot and was taken by a private vehicle to an area hospital for treatment.

Officers with the Lawrence Police Department later recovered the suspect’s vehicle, Diepenbrock said. The Eudora Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

However, the aggravated battery charge stems from a separate case. Rayton was also charged with the level-seven felony for an incident that occurred on Aug. 1. In that case, he is accused of knowingly causing bodily harm to a different man. The Journal-World has reached out to the Lawrence Police Department for information about the incident.

Rayton is currently in custody on a $500,000 bond for the attempted murder case and a $50,000 bond for the aggravated battery case. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 1.

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