One man charged in rural Douglas County double shooting; another faces misdemeanor assault and battery charges
photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World
Two men have been charged in connection with a shooting in rural Douglas County that injured two people.
One of the men, Dalton Vale Turner, 20, of Lawrence, faces two felony counts of aggravated battery and one felony count of aggravated assault. The other, Chandlor Saber Matney, 24, of McFarland, faces one misdemeanor count of assault and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery.
Matney told a Douglas County district judge Thursday that he is Turner’s brother. One of the shooting victims is Matney’s mother, and the other is her husband.
The charges relate to an incident early Wednesday in the 500 block of North 900 Road, when Douglas County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a shooting in southwest Douglas County after a 47-year-old man called 911 and advised that he and a 45-year-old woman had been shot inside the residence, as the Journal-World reported. The gunshot victims were taken by ambulance to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
As deputies arrived, they encountered a vehicle leaving the property, stopped it and took Turner into custody. Matney was taken into custody at the house where the incident occurred.
During Matney’s first appearance Thursday in Douglas County District Court, he appeared via video from the jail and was given a $1,500 own-recognizance bond, meaning he does not have to put up any money to be released from jail. He was ordered to have no violent contact with the victims of the shooting, and he will be allowed to return to the residence where the incident occurred. Judge Sally Pokorny ordered him to have no contact with his co-defendant.
“Co-defendant? What does that mean?” Matney asked Pokorny.
“Dalton Turner is your co-defendant,” Pokorny said.
Matney said that Turner was his brother and that he had not seen or heard from him since the incident and asked Pokorny where Turner was.
“He is in jail, Mr. Matney,” Pokorny said.
Matney then said he planned to hire his own attorney.
Turner appeared from the jail via video about 20 minutes later. The state was represented by Assistant District Attorney Brian Deiter and Alex Bertz, a legal intern with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. Bertz requested a $15,000 cash or surety bond for Turner and said that a cash bond was necessary because Turner allegedly fired a gun within a residence, hitting two people while he was heavily intoxicated. Turner then tried to run from police after the incident, Bertz said.
Turner tried to contest the charges, saying, “I got slammed to the ground with a handgun,” before Pokorny stopped him midsentence and advised him not to speak without getting advice from an attorney. Turner then added that his address should not be listed as the residence where the shooting occurred but instead at his dad’s house in Olathe.
Matney is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 22 for an update on his case, while Turner is set to appear in court on Wednesday for a status update. Pokorny appointed Dakota Loomis to be Turner’s defense attorney.