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Man on trial over fatal Kansas shootings claims self-defense

June 22, 2019

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A man on trial over an October 2017 shooting in downtown Lawrence that killed three people and wounded two others has testified he wasn’t “thinking at all” when he fired his gun.

The Lawrence-Journal World reports that testimony ended Friday in the Douglas County District Court trial of 22-year-old Anthony Roberts Jr. of Topeka. The charges against him include two counts of first-degree felony murder.

Roberts contends he acted in self-defense after being confronted by a hostile group as bars prepared to close in a popular downtown area. Prosecutors contend Roberts and friends came to Lawrence to “settle a score.”

The shooting killed 22-year-old Leah Brown of Shawnee; 20-year-old Colwin Lynn Henderson of Topeka; and 24-year-old Tre’Mel Dupree Dean-Rayton of Topeka.

The jury is set to hear closing arguments Monday.

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