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Posted Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:52pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today a jury convicted Lawrence resident Willie Kenith Franklin, 28, of involuntary manslaughter and criminal possession of a firearm.  Both convictions are felonies. 

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Notice of Sheriff's Sale of real estate situated in Douglas County, Kansas on July 19, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Pro Tem Courtroom, on the first floor of the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

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Posted Friday, June 15, 2018 - 2:38pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces a Behavioral Health Court (BHC) graduation ceremony was held yesterday for three graduates who have spent the past year working with BHC.  As a result of their graduation from the program, the three associated pending criminal cases will be dismissed with prejudice – meaning they cannot be refiled.

Posted Friday, June 8, 2018 - 4:47pm

District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today the office received the majority of the investigation regarding the May 29 officer involved shooting in downtown Lawrence.  It is expected that follow-up investigation will be received as it is completed.

Review of the investigation will begin immediately.  There is no timeline on when the review will be completed, but a press release will be distributed when a charging decision is reached or if further information becomes available.


Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 11:30am

On the afternoon of June 4, 2018, detectives with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office presented an update to District Attorney Charles Branson and several of his Senior Assistant District Attorneys with respect to the May 29 officer involved shooting in downtown Lawrence. 

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation of the shooting as a result of a mutual aid agreement.  The purpose of the update was to provide an overview of how the investigation is being conducted and the progress of the investigation.

Posted Friday, June 1, 2018 - 5:07pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today a jury convicted Kansas City, Missouri resident Danneisha Nesbitt, 28, of aggravated robbery.  The case proceeded to a jury trial after Nesbitt rejected a plea offer made by the State.

Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 1:16pm

On May 29, 2018 at approximately 5:45 p.m. the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office was notified of an officer involved shooting in downtown Lawrence. The District Attorney’s Office was informed that the Lawrence Police Department had requested assistance from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an investigation of the incident.  The Lawrence Police Department held the scene until the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office arrived.  

Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 1:24pm

The date to close Route 458 (N 1000 Road) from E 1800 Road to Route 1057 (E 1900 Road) for the start of a project to improve roadside safety has been rescheduled from June 4 to June 18.  Both E 1800 Road and Route 1057 will remain open for north-south traffic.  The full project is two miles long on Route 458 from E 1800 Road to E 2000 Road, but only the west mile of the project will be closed initially.  The east mile of the project is anticipated to be closed in early-July.


Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 2:30pm
Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 4:00pm

The District Attorney’s Office announces changes to its criminal diversion program and the introduction of a new pre-file diversion program.

While diversion has been offered for years as a method of conviction avoidance for a person charged with a lower-level crime, the office is now implementing extensive updates to the diversion policy.  The policy is being overhauled both to expand the reach of the current program and to ensure fees do not limit access to diversion by people who may be experiencing financial instability. 

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