Man accused in motel killing pleads no contest to robbery

July 11, 2019 - 7:45 pm

One of three men charged in a fatal shooting at a Lawrence motel has pleaded no contest to robbery.

Shawn Smith, 20, of Kansas City, Missouri, entered the plea Thursday in Douglas County District Court.

He initially was charged with first-degree felony murder and several other counts in the killing of Cameron Hooks, 23, of Lenexa, and the wounding of two other men. The shooting happened in September 2017 while two groups of friends drank and smoked pot at a Motel 6. Each friend group accused the other of trying to rob them first, sparking the shooting.

Two other co-defendants from Kansas City, Kansas, previously were convicted of voluntary manslaughter and other charges in the case.

Smith's sentencing is set for Aug. 14.

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