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.
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.
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.
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.