Charges have been dismissed for one of 4 teen girls charged with obstruction in teen shooting death case

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The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center is pictured in September 2018.

Charges have been dismissed for one of the four teen girls who were charged with obstruction after the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy.

The girl, whose age was not provided but who was born in 2008, was charged with one felony count of obstruction of apprehension and one felony count of interference with law enforcement, according to charging documents. The obstruction charge alleged that the girl helped Derrick Del Reed, 18, of Lawrence, evade police after he had become a suspect in the shooting death of 14-year-old Kamarjay Shaw on March 18, 2023. Reed was later charged with first-degree murder but was acquitted by a jury last month, as the Journal-World reported.

The girl was one of four who were parked in a car near Reed’s home in the 1300 block of Maple Lane at the time of the shooting. The girl, represented by attorney Adam Hall, had moved to have the charges dismissed in February. Juvenile Division Judge Paul Klepper granted the motion to dismiss on March 14, according to court records. Klepper’s order of dismissal addresses the obstruction charge as the interference charge had already been dismissed by the state.

In his order, Klepper ruled that the state’s assertion that the girl repeatedly lied to police did not amount to “any specific affirmative conduct” by the juvenile and he said that case law says that “mere words” do not constitute aid in a felony.

Another girl, born in 2009, is charged with one count each of felony obstruction and felony interference, and is scheduled to appear in court for a motions hearing on May 22.

The other two girls entered into plea agreements with the state prior to Reed’s trial and both testified while the other two did not. The girls, one born in 2005 and the other in 2007, were each charged with one felony count of obstruction of apprehension. The girl born in 2007 entered into a plea agreement in October 2023 and was sentenced to six months of probation, which she has already completed.

The second girl entered into a plea agreement in January and was also sentenced to six months of probation. Both of those girls were ordered to not be a part of a street gang or have any affiliations with people who are a part of a street gang or have any items that may give the appearance of belonging to a street gang.


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