Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that Danny W. Queen, 36, has been charged in Douglas County District Court with one count of Murder in the First Degree for the death of Bo Matthew Hopson, 32, and two counts of attempted Murder in the First Degree. Kansas statute defines Murder in the First Degree as the killing of a human being committed intentionally and with premeditation. It is an off-grid person felony punishable by a sentence of 50 years to life in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today that Marquis J. Young, 28, Lawrence, entered pleas to aggravated battery and abuse of a child on Monday, May 22, 2017, in the Division 5 courtroom of the Douglas County District Court.
After careful review of the prior trial testimony in State of Kansas v. Galen Satoe, 2014CR000948, and all evidence available to the State, a decision has been made not to proceed with a third trial at this time. The State remains convinced this crime occurred; however, without additional evidence to present to a jury, we cannot conclude that another trial would result in a different outcome.
The District Attorney’s Office will offer no additional comment.