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Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 3:52pm

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office partnered earlier this year with the University of Kansas Legal Aid Clinic, Douglas County Legal Aid Society, and Kansas Legal Services to offer an Expungement Clinic that was held on Friday, February 22.  The hard work of staff from the agencies and financial support from the Kansas Bar Foundation ensured the success of the clinic.

Posted Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 5:33pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today, Thursday, April 18, 2019, Christina L. Towell, 38, was sentenced for her part in the November 2017 homicide of Mr.

Posted Monday, April 15, 2019 - 3:23pm

The Douglas County Public Works Department announces that Route 458 (North 1000 Road) from East 1900 Road to East 2000 Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, April 29, weather permitting, for the resumption of construction project activities.

Posted Monday, April 15, 2019 - 2:32pm

Douglas County and partner agencies will provide an update about behavioral health initiatives during a community event “New Directions in Behavioral Health” 5:30-7 p.m. May 6 in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vermont St. The event is free, open to the public and being held in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month.

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 2:53pm

Longtime Douglas County District Attorney’s Office employee Cindy Riling was honored today at the 22nd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference with the state’s 2019 Crime Victims Service Award in the System-Based Advocate category. The award was presented at a luncheon today by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.


Posted Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:58am

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that former Lawrence resident Albert N. Wilson, 23, was sentenced yesterday (4/3/2019) after being found guilty at his January 2019 jury trial for crimes committed in September of 2016. The Court sentenced Wilson to the mitigated sentence of 147 months for rape by force or fear. As part of his sentence Wilson will be subject to lifetime post release supervision and lifetime sex offender registration.


Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 2:46pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today (April 3, 2019) that Topeka resident Ahmad Rayton, 23, pleaded guilty to attempted voluntary manslaughter for attempting to kill Robert Wheeler during the deadly confrontation that occurred on October 1, 2017 on Massachusetts Street. 

Sentencing is scheduled for May 8 at 3:30 p.m.  Rayton faces up to 136 months in the Custody of the Kansas Secretary of Corrections.  His actual sentence will be dependent upon his prior criminal history. 

Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 5:18pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that two juveniles had court appearances today (Tuesday, April 2, 2019) in Douglas County District Court for their involvement with the double shooting that occurred Friday afternoon at Holcom Park.  The Court determined both juveniles would be detained and would remain in the custody of the Juvenile Detention Center. 

Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 5:20pm

This case presented our office with an extremely unique set of facts.  Clearly Ms. Blood was negligent during the deployment of her firearm. Kansas law, however, provides little to no guidance on how to proceed in these circumstances. Kansas, unlike some states, does not recognize criminal negligence.  Kansas does recognize reckless conduct.  To determine whether or not probable cause existed that Ms. Blood acted recklessly, the Court had to determine whether “a trier of fact could conclude with the evidence presented that Ms.

Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 10:43am

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear two cases in a special session Monday, April 1, at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

It will be the Supreme Court’s first visit to Lawrence in the court’s 158-year history, and it will be only the 10th time the court will hear cases in the evening.

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