Stand-your-ground hearing delayed for Lawrence teen charged with killing 14-year-old boy

photo by: Images courtesy of the Lawrence Police Department

Images police released of Derrick Del Reed and the Chrysler 300 he was driving while police searched for him after the shooting of Kamarjay Shaw, 14, on March 18, 2023.

A self-defense immunity hearing that was scheduled for Thursday for a 17-year-old boy charged in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy has been continued to a later date.

Derrick Del Reed, of Lawrence, has been charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of first-degree murder. He is alleged to have shot Kamarjay Shaw, of Lawrence, in the 1300 block of Maple Lane sometime before 5 p.m. on March 18, as the Journal-World reported.

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Kamarjay Shaw, center, was killed in a shooting on March 18, 2023.

The self-defense hearing was originally scheduled at Reed’s first appearance in court, on March 21, when his defense attorney, Mark Hartman, filed the motion for immunity from prosecution and said he anticipated “the case would be resolved at the stand-your-ground hearing.”

Hartman filed a motion on Monday to continue the hearing, according to court records, and the state did not oppose the motion.

All motions filed thus far in the case have been sealed from public view.

Judge Sally Pokorny is scheduled to hear the state’s motion to try Reed as an adult on June 2.

Hartman has been adamant since he filed the motion for immunity that it should be heard before the motion to try Reed as an adult. However, Deputy District Attorney Joshua Seiden has filed a motion for the two issues to be heard at the same time. Pokorny told the Journal-World on Thursday that she would take up the motions in June but she would only be able to decide at that time which motion would be heard first.

Multiple juvenile witnesses are subpoenaed in regard to both motions. A court order for Reed’s detention and removal from parental custody indicates that the court believes the killing may have stemmed from a fight that escalated to a shooting. The affidavit in support of Reed’s arrest has been sealed. The affidavit would have provided details about the police investigation and the circumstances that led to a murder charge.

On April 12, Juvenile Court Judge Paul Klepper ordered the state to turn over any remaining video interviews conducted by police with witnesses after the shooting. Hartman had filed a motion to compel discovery and said he was missing between 12 and 18 interviews that were referenced in police reports. Klepper told the state to provide those videos, if they exist, by April 17, the same day Hartman ended up asking for a continuance on the stand-your-ground motion. It was unclear Thursday where the discovery matter stood.

Hartman also asked for a report about an incident that happened prior to the shooting. There was a disturbance with weapons earlier that day at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 2727 Iowa St., that Hartman believes was an altercation and a precursor to the shooting.

Reed has been in the custody of Douglas County Youth Services since he turned himself in to police the day after the shooting after police launched a manhunt to find him. Police released multiple pictures of Reed along with a picture of his car and asked the public’s help in finding him. Seiden said during the hearing last week that the gun used in the shooting was recovered after Hartman provided GPS coordinates to police.


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