Man convicted in shooting that killed three in downtown Lawrence

June 25, 2019 - 7:57 pm

A man has been convicted in a shooting that killed three people in a popular downtown area of a Kansas college town.

Jurors found Anthony Roberts Jr., 22, of Topeka, guilty on Tuesday of two counts of first-degree felony murder and second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Roberts opened fire in October 2017 as people were leaving bars, concerts and other events on the main downtown Lawrence street. Roberts' attorneys argued that he acted in self-defense after a confrontation. The shooting killed Leah Brown, 22, of Shawnee;  Colwin Lynn Henderson, 20, of Topeka; and Tre'Mel Dupree Dean-Rayton, 24, of Topeka. Two others were wounded but survived.

A second defendant was convicted previously of attempted voluntary manslaughter, and a third of misdemeanor battery.

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