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Well Mr. Brown won't be robbging or shooting others for a long while if the judge gives him the proper sentence.

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Jury finds Topekan guilty of attempted first-degree murder


Robert Brown Jr. will be sentenced Dec. 6

Posted: October 28, 2013 - 12:06pm

By Steve Fry

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A Shawnee County District Court jury at 1:35 p.m. Monday convicted Robert L. Brown Jr. of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of a woman who was struck in the face with two blasts from a shotgun in June 2012.

Brown also was found guilty of aggravated robbery of $15,000 in cash, jewelry and some of the woman’s clothing.

Brown is to be sentence Dec. 6 by District Court Judge Richard Anderson.

Mark Bennett, defense attorney, asked the judge to allow Brown to remain free on bond until he is sentenced, but the judge revoked Brown’s bond. A Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputy immediately walked to Brown and cuffed his hands behind his back.

Which is a very wise move.

Jurors returned with the verdict only 1 hour and 35 minutes after they began deliberating. Shortly before the verdict was announced, jurors took a 10-minute break. They then returned to court to give the verdict to the judge.

The jury of 10 men and two women began deliberating at 11:10 a.m. Monday. The two male alternate jurors were allowed to leave the courthouse if they wished, but they were to remain available in case they were needed to deliberate on the case.

During two hours of closing arguments, the victim, Rochelle Chatfield-Anderson, sat on the front row behind the prosecution table. Brown had a number of supporters in the courtroom as well.

Senior assistant district attorney Todd Hiatt said Chatfield-Anderson hasn’t changed in her testimony throughout the case, saying Brown had lured her to his house, struck her on the head, beat her and then shot her in the face with the shotgun as she fled his southwest Topeka home on June 15, 2012.

Bennett said there was plenty of doubt about the veracity of Chatfield-Anderson’s statements, saying at times she had said there were five men involved in the attack.

Hiatt noted the first thing Brown said when he exited his home to face a number of police officers after the attack on the victim was, “Hey, what’s going on?” Hiatt said before Brown could say that he had to walk past his shattered front door, pooled blood in the doorway, blood and tissue on the door and door handle and step onto a landing covered in blood.

Seems very clear to me, he was where he should not have been and was pointed out as her attacker.


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All above sharing is very Informative. I have got informative information to here. Thanks for all articles sharing. Keep continue for informative sharing. Thanks
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I have wanted to add this group of online news papers for your use as each will have some local crimes which I have little time to search for. Good hunting.

:CJOnline.com

Newspapers US and Worldwide - refdesk.com

Newspapers.com | Search over 10,000 Newspapers Online!

World Net daily
Maintaining our right to keep and bear arms

News Max.com
Breaking News, Politics, Commentary

The Huffington Post
Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post

USA Today
News, Travel, Weather, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, U.S. & World - USATODAY.com

The BBC
BBC NEWS | News Front Page

Forbes.Com
Forbes.com - Business News, Financial News, Stock Market Analysis, Technology & Global Headline News

Politico News
[B]Headlines - POLITICO.com

McClatchy Homepage
McClatchy | Homepage

The NY Times
The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

Reuters
Reuters.com - World News, Financial News, Breaking US & International News

The Wall Street Journal
Business News & Financial News - The Wall Street Journal - WSJ.com

Calgary Herald
Calgary Herald − Breaking news, business, sports, video and classifieds

In time I will add sites to these, thanks for coming and reading. keep in mind that most on line newspapers are 24/7 and update about each hour.

Prat Tribune: Homepage - Pratt, KS - Pratt Tribune

MSNBC: Search Results- msnbc.com

Chicago Sun Times: News articles and headlines from the Chicago Sun-Times

FOX NEWS: FoxNews.com - Breaking News | Latest News | Current News

NY TIMES International: The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

Kansas City Star: Kansas City's Best Source for News, Weather, Sports & More | KansasCity.com

pjStar.com From Peoria, IL. : Home - Peoria, IL - pjstar.com

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The Detroit News Detroit News.. News, sports, features, blogs, photos and forums from Detroit and Michigan

Philly.com: philly.com: Philadelphia local news, sports, jobs, cars, homes

The Star Ledger: New Jersey Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather - NJ.com

Vincennes Sun Commercial: Vincennes Sun Commercial > Front


NPR: News: U.S. and World News Headlines : NPR

Wichita Eagle: Local and breaking news for Wichita and Kansas | The Wichita Eagle and kansas.com


Austin, TX.: Austin news, sports, weather, Longhorns, business | Statesman.com

Winnipeg Free Press: Police: Suspect in deadly US shooting spree commits suicide; daughter among his victims - Winnipeg Free Press

Daily News, The Hays: The Hays Daily News


Wellington Daily News: Homepage - Wellington, KS - Wellington Daily News

The Dodge City Daily Globe: Home - Dodge City, KS - Dodge City Daily Globe

The Arkansas City Traveler: The Arkansas City Traveler > Front


Salina Journal: salina.com - an online service of the Salina Journal

El Dorado Times: Homepage - El Dorado, KS - El Dorado Times

The Newton Kansan: Home - Newton, KS - The Newton Kansan


Middle East News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Asia News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Latin America News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Europe News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Newest Links: Flint, Michigan Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather - MLive.com

The Afghan War Casualties: iCasualties | OEF | Afghanistan | Fatalities Details

The US Govt. Webportal: USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal

The Google Search Engine: Google

The M$ Malicious Software Removal Tool: Just click skip, then download it to where ever your D/L go then open that place and drag it to your desk top so you can use it when you log off.

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Kiro-tv.com Which is very different than the other links.

Latest breaking news, daily news, local news & current events articles from FOX59 - fox59.com

News & Information for Hamilton and Butler County, Ohio | www.journal-news.com

Dallas News: Dallas-Fort Worth News, Sports, Entertainment, Weather and Traffic - The Dallas Morning News

Toledo Blade: Home - Toledo Blade

The Inquisitr: The Inquisitr

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Orlando news, information, weather, hurricane coverage, sports, entertainment, restaurants, real estate, jobs, business, classifieds - OrlandoSentinel.com

WXYZ.COM | Detroit, Michigan Local News, Weather, Sports from 7 Action News and WXYZ-TV Channel 7 From Detroit...

NEW SITE: ABCNews.com - Breaking News, Latest News & Top Video News - ABC News ........
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Why when a house is up for sale and all if not most of the contents are removed would

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Wichita realtor helps catch drug thief during open house


Police suspect man of two other recent thefts

Posted: November 11, 2013 - 7:13am

By The Associated Press

WICHITA — An alert Wichita real estate agent helped police arrest a man who allegedly stole prescription drugs during an open house.

Police said the man arrested Sunday is suspected of at least two similar thefts in recent months.

Realtor Lorie Touchatt told KAKE-TV ( Real estate agent helps catch prescription drug thief posing as potential home buyer ) the Wichita Area Association of Realtors recently issued a warning about the man, and a co-worker had a run-in with him last week.

Touchatt sent a text to her husband and the homeowner, asking them to call 911. While was talking to the 911 operator, Touchatt says she pretended she was talking to a potential home buyer.

Police arrested the suspect a block from the house. They say he had a bottle of prescription narcotics on him that were taken from the home Touchatt was showing.
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Well the Holidays are coming ad so will crimes go up. I avoid situations like this one, yet this can happen to anyone walking alone. As crimes like this one are used by opportunists.

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Man robbed of wallet while walking near Toys R Us


Car pulled up to victim, and three assailants got out

Posted: November 14, 2013 - 7:51am

By Phil Anderson

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Police are investigating the holdup of a man Thursday morning in southwest Topeka.

The victim told police he was walking shortly before 7 a.m. in the 5900 block of S.W. 22nd Park, which is just behind Toys R Us on the east side of S.W. Wanamaker, when a car pulled up and three people got out.

One of the assailants was armed with a knife and demanded the victim turn over his wallet, which he did. The three people were in what was described as an older model car, which police dispatch said was white, and took off heading east on S.W. 22nd Park.

The three assailants were all said to be wearing black clothing.

The victim met with officers at a nearby car wash. No injuries were reported.

Man robbed of wallet while walking near Toys R Us | CJOnline.com

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Then you have the fools who won't learn.


Teen arrested again in vehicle theft


Jackson. who led officers on overnight chase, arrested in August on 5 vehicle thefts

Posted: November 14, 2013 - 5:24am

SHAWNEE COUNTY JAIL

Calvin Jackson, 19, was booked into jail in connection with felony fleeing and eluding, and auto theft.



By Phil Anderson

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A Topeka teen who earlier this year was arrested in connection with multiple car thefts was at it again late Wednesday, when authorities said he led police on a chase in a stolen sport utility vehicle across a wide swath of the capital city.

Police Lt. Scott Gilchrist said the latest incident began at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday when officers tried to stop a black GMC Denali sport utility vehicle at N.W. Grant and Quincy for traffic violations.

Instead of pulling over, Gilchrist said, the driver took off and in the process initiated a pursuit with police officers,

The chase continued through downtown Topeka and was terminated by officers at S.W. 17th and Western, Gilchrist said.

Then, a short time later, an officer looking for the SUV -- which was found to be stolen -- spotted it at 11:43 p.m. at S.W. 27th and Burlingame Road.

This time, the SUV driver initiated a second pursuit, going south on S.W. Burlingame Road, then heading west on S.W. 29th.

The driver lost control at S.W. 29th and crashed the SUV into a retaining wall near S.W. Moundview, just west of S.W. Gage.

The driver attempted to flee on foot but was caught and arrested a short time later.

The arrested man was identified as Calvin Earl Jackson III, 19, who was booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with felony fleeing and eluding; auto theft; driving while intoxicated; failure to report an accident; having no driver’s license or an expired driver’s license; failure to stop; and having no insurance.

Jackson on Thursday morning as awaiting his first appearance before a Shawnee County judge in connection with the latest vehicle theft and overnight chase.

He also was being held in connection with warrants from cases earlier this year, including on a $1,000 bond in connection with having no driver’s license and on a $5,000 bond in connection with another theft, jail officials said.

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Well this one which made my home town on line newspaper is from across the wide pond. So I think I can place it into this thread'

None the less this is such a sad case where 3 people were captives one her entire life the police believe. Can any of you see yourselves in this same situation?


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UK police: 3 women held captive for 30 years in London home


Man and woman arrested in slavery investigation

Posted: November 21, 2013 - 11:45am

By Cassandra Vinograd

The Associated Press

LONDON — Three women have been freed after spending 30 years held captive in a south London home, police announced Thursday, including one woman believed to have spent her entire life as a virtual slave.

London’s Metropolitan Police announced the rescues after two people — a man and a woman, both 67 — were arrested early Thursday as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.

The investigation was launched after one of the captive women contacted a charity, which then went to the police. Those freed “some weeks ago” are a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman.

Police said they do not believe the victims are related and said there was no evidence of sexual abuse. While it is unclear if the 30-year-old was born in the south London house, she appears to have been held in domestic servitude for her entire life, the force said.

Kevin Hyland, head of the force’s human trafficking unit, said all three were “deeply traumatized” and have been in the care of a charity equipped to deal with severe trauma since they were freed.

The nationalities of those arrested were not immediately disclosed.

“When we had established the facts, we conducted the arrests,” Hyland told reporters.

He said police were contacted in October by Freedom Charity, a group that raises awareness about child abuse, forced marriages and honor killings. It told the force it had received a call from a woman who said she had been held against her will at a London address for more than 30 years.

The catalyst for the woman’s call was a television documentary on forced marriages, according to police.

Police said an investigation discovered the south London house in Lambeth and, with the help of Freedom Charity, the women were rescued.

“Their lives were greatly controlled,” Hyland said. “For much of it, they would have been kept on the premises.”

He said his unit — which deals with many cases of servitude and forced labor — had seen cases of people held for up to ten years “but we’ve never seen anything of this magnitude before.”

Aneeta Prem, founder of Freedom Charity, described the situation as one of domestic servitude.

“They were basically treated as slaves,” she told the BBC.

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Just imagine you & your family are driving on a road trip & see this Teddy Bear along side the road. Would you do what this newspaper carrier did? And would it have turned out the same as it did for this guy who picked it up & took it home,

Where he was lucky enough to see the results. Cause some other might have placed it in the trunk or overhead car rack waiting to have it cleaned for their child.

Below the title at the site is a video.


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Teddy Bear on Side of Road Had Bomb Inside

By Colleen Curry

Nov 22, 2013 3:47pm


A teddy bear discarded on the side of a road in North Carolina was stuffed with a bomb, police said today.

A newspaper carrier on his rounds Thursday morning saw the teddy bear aside the road in Cleveland County, N.C., and pulled over to pick it up, according to Capt. Philip Todd of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department.

“He stopped, got out, picked it up and when he did there was some kind of device that fell out of the teddy bear,” Todd told ABCNews.com.

Anthony Cannon, the newspaper carrier who found the bear, could not be reached for comment by ABC News. But Todd said Cannon brought the bear home to his house in Shelby, N.C., and noticed that it had started smoking, prompting him to call police


Courtesy Lem Lynch Photography

Shelby police, the sheriff’s office and a local bomb squad all responded to Cannon’s call and secured the device.

“The captain of the bomb squad said it appeared to be an incendiary device, and it had malfunctioned, and that’s the reason it did not activate,” Todd said.

Police are still investigating how and why the explosive teddy bear was on the side of the road in Cleveland County.

“I’m just trying to figure out why you would put a bomb in a teddy bear in the first place. If anybody would have picked it up it would have been a child,” Cannon’s neighbor Jessica Burge told ABC News affiliate WSOC.
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I am falling behind in so many other thread I use so today I am going to do something a bit different. All of these are on the front page of my local on line newspaper.

If one get here a bit late at the bottom of the main News is "MORE LATEST NEWS" just click it to fid other news as it updates itself and news goes to this area.

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Topekan convicted in rape of daughter gets new trial
11/22/13

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial for a Topeka man sentenced to 40 years in prison for allegedly raping his teenage daughter.

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From just of the right of the one above.

Death penalty expert: Telling prospective jurors about earlier slaying 'risky'

14 min 5 sec ago 0

Trooper nabs man who tried to run

19 min 16 sec ago

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Scroll down a just below the above and the 4th bit of news is this.

Jurors convict McBride of aggravated kidnapping

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A bit more scrolling and your into the Letter to the Editor.



Michael Ryan: There's no place in U.S. for Russian monitoring stations


Letter: Sebelius just running interference for her boss


Michael Gerson: Utah's Lee begins building bridges


Editorial: Children need more physical activity


Letter: Reminding veterans they are not forgotten

more opinion

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Scroll to the bottom and you got AP News which are copy righted. And once in here you can get into the International News.


AP TOP U.S. NEWS


When presidents die, power transfer can be fraught

Powerful storm system blasts US West; 5 killed

LAX returns to normal after chaotic night

Arizona debacle spotlights child-welfare agencies

SC child taken 20 years ago safe in Australia


AP STRANGE NEWS

Police: Cigarettes stolen through concrete hole

Philly officer delivers baby in back seat of taxi

Burgled Pa. tattoo shop offers body art for info

OKC bomb squad says suspicious item was a burrito

852 Thai children set human Christmas tree record
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Plus there is plenty other news if your inclinded.

Do remember that by clicking the bottom of the main news in section two above the "MORE LATEST NEWS" will take you to what I have show above to days before this day.

And for understanding why I had to do it this way today.
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1st. I hope most people have taken from the large source of news links the ones they wanted to keep if they might be from KS., as the next time it comes to it forward I am allowing many of these to be dropped.

Yet they can be found by going back a page or so as this will adavance slowly forward.

2nd. This has to be one dumb robber as the 3 loacl commets speak to.

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Suspect arrested in Silver Lake armed robbery


Suspect taken into custody after negotiations with law enforcement officers

Posted: November 28, 2013 - 9:08am

By The Capital-Journal

SILVER LAKE — Following an overnight standoff, law enforcement officers Thursday morning arrested a suspect in an armed robbery in Silver Lake, according to the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to Casey’s General Store, 424 S. Chestnut St. in Silver Lake, after an armed robbery was reported. The victim identified the suspect as an individual whom they recognized as a regular customer.

A Silver Lake police officer, who was just coming on duty, drove past the suspect’s residence at 303 W. Theresa in Silver Lake and noticed the suspect in the yard. The suspect, armed with a handgun, aimed the gun at the police officer and retreated into the residence.

The sheriff’s office began negotiations to have the suspect surrender. The sheriff’s office S.W.A.T. also was called to assist with the incident.

At approximately 7:19 a.m. Thursday, the suspect came out of the house and was taken into custody. He was transported to a local hospital as a precautionary measure and was to be booked into the Shawnee County Jail.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Silver Lake Police Department, Silver Lake Fire Department, American Medical Response, Topeka Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
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Just the facts as an old Police TV show used in each episode. We have three news stories I hope I can get in this one post. So the middle story will require you to read it at the site.

As the first two football games will start very soon.

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Murder defendant's sentencing delayed; plea withdrawal sought


Newman pleaded guilty nine months ago to slaying on Topeka West campus

Posted: November 29, 2013 - 3:44pm


By Steve Fry

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What was to have been the Tuesday sentencing of Coty Ryland Newman, 24, convicted in the killing of one man and wounding of a second more than three years ago, instead will be a motions hearing.

Newman, of Topeka, pleaded guilty March 23 to felony first-degree murder in the Oct. 23, 2010, shooting death of Matthew C. Mitchell and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of Treshawn Wynne on the Topeka West High School campus after hours.

When Newman appears before Shawnee County District Court Judge Evelyn Wilson on Tuesday, the only motion will be one by Newman asking to be allowed to withdraw his plea to the offenses based on "ineffective assistance of counsel."

That was filed eight days after Wilson denied a defense motion to withdraw his plea. In that motion, Newman attorney Jon Whitton contended a witness would say Newman didn’t fire shots at anyone but did fire one shot into the ground and one at a building.

In the motion, a witness, James Otis Martin, testified he was homeless in October 2010 and was staying on the high school campus at the time of the shootings.

Martin testified during a Sept. 13 hearing that Newman didn’t fire shots at anyone.

On Oct. 17, Wilson declined to strike the testimony of Martin, who was incarcerated in an Ellsworth prison on the date he claimed to have been on the Topeka West campus witnessing the shootings.

But Wilson said she would give Martin’s evidence the weight it deserves: “None.” The judge also denied Newman’s motion to withdraw his guilty pleas.

Martin was charged Nov. 18 with felony perjury, according to court records examined Friday.

Martin, 47, faces the perjury charge tied to falsely swearing, testifying and affirming to a material fact, the criminal complaint said.

Martin has convictions in Shawnee County for felony aggravated assault and two misdemeanors, battery and intimidation of a witness or victim.

Martin also has been convicted in Osage County for felony criminal damage to property and in Sedgwick County for aggravated robbery and forgery, both felonies, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records.

According to Shawnee County District Court records, Newman’s case appeared before Wilson without a defense attorney during what were to be the last three court hearings.

Newman is the fourth and last defendant to be convicted and sentenced in the killing of Mitchell and wounding of Wynn.

Three other defendants, one man and two women, have been sentenced for their roles.
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Steve Fry can be reached at (785) 295-1206 or steve.fry@cjonline.com.

Murder defendant's sentencing delayed; plea withdrawal sought | CJOnline.com

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A must finish story.


County grand jury indicts 'at least' 213 defendants


DA says grand jury panels to be ongoing fixtures in county

Posted: November 29, 2013 - 5:12pm

The Shawnee County grand jury

-- Has 15 grand jurors, 10 are women and five are men

-- At least 12 must be present to have a quorum

-- At least 12 must favor prosecution in order to indict

-- Grand jurors must find probable cause to issue a "true bill" before someone can be indicted for an offense

-- A "no true bill" means fewer than 12 grand jurors found probable cause to indict

-- Meets once every two weeks



By Steve Fry

steve.fry@cjonline.com



Based on the success of a grand jury that began in August, Shawnee County will have grand jurors hearing evidence continuously, Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said this week.

Just over three months after Shawnee County grand jurors started hearing cases, the grand jury has issued at least 213 felony indictments since its start-up date on Aug. 14, Taylor said.

That is just over 25 percent of the 844 criminal cases originating from the district attorney's office since Aug. 14, senior assistant district attorney Jason Geier said this week.

The grand jury consists of 15 members and lasts for six months. After that, another grand jury can be convened.

Taylor said the grand jury started as an efficiency tool to help handle the high-volume, low-level felony cases, including thefts, burglaries, drug cases and forgeries.

"We've tried to become more efficient in streamlining so this office can focus its resources on the higher-level person cases that we know are going to have preliminary hearings (such as) homicide cases and rape cases," Taylor said.

With the lower-level cases, the grand jury is efficient because subpoenas aren't issued, only a few witnesses are called, and preliminary hearings aren't conducted.

The grand jury "is so much more efficient than a preliminary hearing," Taylor said, adding that about 92 percent of those hearings are postponed after subpoenas already have been issued and witnesses have been called.

The grand jury "actually is more constitutionally consistent" than a preliminary hearing because grand jurors made up of Shawnee County citizens make the decision on whether to proceed with prosecution rather than a judge, Taylor said.

Grand juries also are used in U.S. District Courts, Taylor said.

Charges in high-profile, high-level criminal cases, such as homicides, will continue to be filed by the district attorney's office and will have preliminary hearings, Taylor said. About 200 cases a year fall into that category.

Under Kansas law, there are two types of grand juries — those sought by citizen petitions and those called by prosecutors.

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County grand jury indicts 'at least' 213 defendants | CJOnline.com

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And this has been into a week now, with all that has taken place.





A.G.'s office evaluating evidence before charging in SEK killings


Formal charges in Parsons quadruple killings still pending

Posted: November 29, 2013 - 1:47pm

By The Associated Press



A Monday court appearance is scheduled for a 22-year-old man suspected of killing a southeast Kansas woman and her three children.

The office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release Friday that it is evaluating all evidence before deciding on charges to file against David Cornell Bennett Jr., of Cherryvale, whose next court appearance is Monday in Labette County district court.

Bennett was captured Tuesday and is being held in the Labette County Jail on $5 million bond in the deaths of 29-year-old Cami Umbarger, and her three children, ages 9, 6 and 4. Bennett has not been charged in the case.

On Wednesday, District Court Judge Robert Fleming determined there was probable cause to hold Bennett and set his bail at $5 million.

Schmidt’s office says prosecutors will make a decision “as soon as possible” about charges in the case.

It’s unclear if Bennett has an attorney. The Labette County Jail has declined to make him available for comment.
A.G.'s office evaluating evidence before charging in SEK killings | CJOnline.com

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