Hearing to charge KC teen as an adult in shooting death of Lawrence girl canceled; plea hearing scheduled

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Brianna Higgins

A hearing to charge a Kansas City teenager as an adult with murder in connection the shooting death of a Lawrence girl was canceled on Monday, and the next court date scheduled is for a plea hearing.

The teen, Davon D. Washington, 17, of Kansas City, Missouri, is charged in Johnson County Juvenile Court with one felony count of second-degree unintentional but reckless murder and one misdemeanor count of a juvenile in possession of a firearm, according to charging documents.

The shooting occurred on Jan. 19 near the 16900 block of West 127th Street in Olathe, as the Journal-World reported. Brianna Higgins, a 15-year-old sophomore at Lawrence High School, was shot and was then driven to Olathe Medical Center at 11 p.m.; she was declared dead a short time later.

Washington was scheduled to appear in court on Monday for the state to argue that he should be tried as an adult, but the hearing was canceled. Court records indicate that the next hearing is on May 8 and is listed as a plea hearing.

Washington has been in custody since his arrest. Judge Brenda Cameron previously denied Washington’s request for release, as the Journal-World reported.


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